Our goal is to promote the self-sufficiency of asylum seekers and their families.

client services

Attending ASAP’s job training was the best week of my life in America.
— Mr. A., Nigerian journalist


For many asylum seekers, economic survival is imperative to maintain hope and personal dignity. ASAP’s employment program combines a 30-hour job readiness training, individualized career planning, job coaching, informational interview matching, and job placement services as needed. Our goal is to equip asylum seekers with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to secure and retain safe, legal, and meaningful employment. Our employment program helps asylum seekers learn how to:

  • Navigate a local job search
  • Complete a job application
  • Prepare and tailor a U.S. style resume and cover letter
  • Craft an elevator pitch
  • Develop interviewing skills
  • Learn about U.S. workplace expectations, benefits, and workers’ rights
  • Learn where to access vocational training and other professional development opportunities


Social Services

Unfamiliar with their new community and unable to financially support themselves, many asylum seekers are unable to meet their basic needs. ASAP works with clients to create an individualized service plan that promotes safety, stability, and overall health and wellbeing. Our social service program assists clients with a wide range of needs including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Medical debt forgiveness advocacy
  • Furniture assistance
  • Faith-based community connections
  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Computer literacy classes
  • Education opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Food referrals
  • Clothing referrals
  • Material assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Emergency housing referrals
  • Medical clinic referrals
  • Mental health referrals



Social connection is essential to one's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. ASAP’s community-building program facilitates opportunities for clients to connect with each other, volunteers, supporters, university students, and the larger community. The goal of this program is to provide a space where asylum seekers can connect, gain confidence, build friendships, and use their skills to help themselves and each another. Program activities include:

  • Regular community events hosted by ASAP and other supportive organizations
  • ASAP's annual Thanksgiving event
  • Opportunities to celebrate American holidays with ASAP volunteers
  • Outreach event participation
  • Peer mentorship for newly arrived asylum seekers


Apply to become an ASAP client here

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