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Mission Statement

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed in our region. Since opening our doors in 2003, we have assisted more than 10,000 people from over 140 countries.

We believe that a steady influx of new customers, workers, and entrepreneurs can reinvigorate Pennsylvania’s aging population, renew its neighborhoods, and re-energize our economy. By making Pennsylvania a magnet for immigrants, we will become a more vibrant, more creative, and more dynamic competitor in today’s global economy.

Our mission is clear - to be a centralized employment and referral center for the region’s growing immigrant community by promoting immigrant participation in the area’s political, social, and economic life. To that end, we work closely with the many regional organizations that have a stake in immigration. These include government agencies, service providers, employers, business associations, trade unions, and economic development groups.

The Welcoming Center was created to open the doors of economic opportunity for new arrivals and, by doing so, to enhance the economic development of our region.



The cornerstone of the Welcoming Center’s work is our employment program. Our experienced staff helps work-authorized immigrants find employment in fields for which they are best suited. We have placed immigrants with post-graduate degrees as well as many who have little or no education and work experience. We strive to find jobs that pay above minimum wage and offer benefits. If you are permanently work-authorized, live in the Philadelphia region, and are looking for a job, call us at 215-557-2626.

Please note: If you are a refugee or asylee who has lived in the U.S. for less than 5 years, please call JEVS Center for New Americans at 215-728-4210. The Welcoming Center was founded on the principle of nonduplication of services, and we cannot serve jobseekers who are eligible for JEVS services.


Part of our mission is to help businesses find, hire, and retain qualified immigrants. We have helped Philadelphia-area employers place hundreds of immigrants in jobs from housekeeping to accounting. Our services also include providing information to employers on identifying work authorization and understanding the legal requirements. To find out more about how we can help you, please call Art Whitaker at 215-557-2864 or email art@welcomingcenter.org.


The Welcoming Center offers morning, afternoon and evening GED, English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language/Civics classes for work-authorized adults, including immigrant and American-born students. Please contact Talease Cleveland at 215-557-2558 or e-mail talease@welcomingcenter.org.


As a part of the Welcoming Center’s mission to connect newly-arrived individuals to economic opportunities, we continue to expand our focus on training. Whether it is training for a new career path, rebuilding a career, or starting a business, we believe that new arrivals greatly benefit from high-quality training programs. For a referral to an appropriate training program for your needs, contact Art Whitaker at 215-557-2864 or email art@welcomingcenter.org.


"Where can I find an English as a Second Language class?"
"How do I enroll my child in school?"
"Is there a way to lower my utility bills?"

These are questions the Welcoming Center answers every day. We have connected with other nonprofit service providers throughout the region to find the answers. Call the Welcoming Center’s main line at 215-557-2626 or email info@welcomingcenter.org with questions on resources.


The Welcoming Center offers free monthly legal clinics where immigrants may meet, one-on-one, with volunteer attorneys to discuss issues that may range from immigration to landlord-tenant conflicts to discrimination issues. Clinics are held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Welcoming Center’s Center City location. You must make an appointment. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Desire Welborn Wayne at 215-557-2626.


We strive to educate the people in our communities, policymakers, employers, and the business community about how the successful integration of immigrants into our economy will result in positive benefits for all of us. To that end, we have developed publications and organized various public policy seminars and community meetings about issues concerning immigration, economic development, and our region. Check our publications page and our calendar to view upcoming events, or view our recent presentations.


The Welcoming Center provides services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners as they look to start or grow their business in our region. We provide training opportunities including English for Entrepreneurs, business development clinics, and one-on-one business advice, as well as connecting business owners to valuable resources. In addition, we provide support to communities working to integrate immigrant business owners into their commercial corridors by providing technical assistance to community organizations and at community events. For more information, please contact Bahiya Cabral-Johnson at 215-557-2868.




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