Twice a month refugee elders are picked up from their home and bused to Main Avenue Community Building where they receive basic 0,1,2 ESL instruction by a qualified instructor. This class not only provides language instruction and support for refugee elders, but is a place where elders can congregate on a regular basis.
In order to enhance the mobility and independence of refugee elders will be familiarized with the public bus system. Specifically, Travel Training will help refugee elders sign up for reduced bus fare and understand how to read bus route maps.
Designed to give elders the chance to connect with each other and with community, these groups offer opportunities for elders to converse or to experience music as a first language.
“Settling into Spokane” Field Trips
Monthly civic-minded outings for refugee elders are organized to familiarize them with local institutions and services. Settling into Spokane outings include visits to public libraries, senior community centers, and other service providers, as well as trips to visit government offices, such as the courts and city hall.
Elder Service Workshops
In partnership with local community organizations we offer classes where refugee elders gather to learn about elder services, such as mental and physical health, cultural preservation and nutrition, end of life decision-making and other topics.
Led by a community citizenship class teacher, this course is designed for those over 65 who have been in the country for 5-7 years and who need to pass the citizenship test within a narrow window of time.