Our Programs and Services

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Adjustment & Citizenship Program

This program provides counseling on resettlement, interpretation services, and citizenship processing. Our counselors work closely with area schools, hospitals and public assistance.

Community Economic Development Program

We provide technical assistance to immigrants starting or expanding a small business. Our CEDP staff helps entrepreneurs evaluate the viability of an enterprise, understand legal requirements, develop a financial plan, and choose a loan package.

VAI Health Program

Community Care Program

This program works with the Department on Aging to recruit and train homemakers to assist clients who need help in personal care tasks, such as dressing, bathing, and grooming and in environmental tasks, such as meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, and shopping.

Employment Program

This program helps immigrants and refugees achieve self-sufficiency through employment by providing job placement services, vocational education, and working with other social agencies for job training.

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ESL/Adult Literacy Program

By recruiting and training volunteer teachers, this program matches them with immigrants to help them learn English, as well as computer literacy.

Refugee & Immigrant Family Health Education

This service aims to improve the longterm health of refugee families by developing linguistically and culturally appropriate health education materials and by offering instruction and support through regular health fairs and health screenings.

Senior Program

Providing all types of social service assistance to seniors 60 and older, this program helps them adapt to their lives in the U.S. We facilitate seniors’ participation in cultural events, volunteering, paid employment, and many other activities.

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Youth Program

We offer a range of services for youth, including Teen REACH, tutoring, computer access, vocational counseling, personal mentoring, leadership and life skills education, and cultural and recreational activities. We work closely with local schools and parents to provide information and support.

Cultural Events

VAI works with other Vietnamese organizations to sponsor and coordinate traditional Vietnamese cultural events in the Chicago area.