Helping Newcomers Thrive

At the Y, strengthening communities is our cause and we are committed to helping all people reach their full potential. We believe the strength and cohesiveness of our communities is linked to the overall prosperity of the nation. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, it is more important than ever to foster an environment that encourages immigrant integration and community cohesion.

The York YMCA’s New American Welcome Center (NAWC) is designed to help immigrants-also referred to as newcomers-fully integrate into American Society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. The NAWC sets to accomplish thus through a combination of integrative services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and US-born residents.

  • Direct and Referral Services
  • Community Partnerships
  • Bridge-Building Activities

The NAWC integration model empowers immigrants to achieve their full potential and prepares receiving communities to be inclusive through a focus on:

  • Language and Education
  • Economic Integration and Employment
  • Health and Well-being
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement
  • Community Development
Overview Brochure End-Of-Year Report



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Jose Santiago, New American Welcome Center Director, (717) 843-7884 Ext. 262