Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach-AJAPO
The Mission of AJAPO is to provide a continuum of care which empowers refugees and immigrants residing in the Greater Pittsburgh communities and Allegheny County to become self-sufficient and better integrated into the Greater Pittsburgh Community in Allegheny County.
AJAPO's programs, services, and day-to-day work in the community are guided by the following values:
Mutual Respect & Dignity
AJAPO's Programs provide clients with the following:
Provision of Resettlement Plan with clients
Cultural competence training
Provision of furnished housing, food and clothing
Referrals for Govt. IDs, health screenings, ESL classes, welfare benefits, child care, etc.
Employment services and referral for jobs
Children school enrollment
Since arriving in Pittsburgh, the Massim family worked hard to find jobs and learn English with the support of AJAPO. Although they now speak more English, Massim and his wife find it extremely difficult to find better employment. Their lack of English proficiency makes it frustrating to navigate the health, education, and welfare systems. AJAPO has helped the Massim family through all of this by walking them through the bureaucratic processes, interpreting for them,and aiding in filling out forms and applications.
Because AJAPO is a needs-based organization, they are able to provide Massim family with a continuum of holistic care that helps in diverse aspects of their lives rather than providing services in some areas and leaving the family to fend for themselves in other areas. The Massim family continues to build self-sufficiency and independence through the encouragement of AJAPO.