A new database is available to support accessibility to resources for central Indiana’s immigrant and refugee populations. The Immigrant Welcome Center Connect is available for community organizations and community members.
Jackelinna Rodriguez, IWC marketing and communications manager, said it provides a range of available resource data.
“Information about legal help, housing assistance, food and clothing programs, medical assistance, so really there just is an abundance of resources that are, you know, listed out in the community,” Rodriquez said.
IWC saw an increase in the number of calls to the center’s helpline requesting assistance in the past 11 months.
“About 66 percent of immigrants calling in to us have been self-reporting a loss of income,” Rodriquez said. “About 38 percent have indicated a decrease in food access and then also just questions related to health care since, often times, you know, some of our immigrant neighbors do not have health insurance or access to it.”
Resource information is searchable by language preference and documentation requirements, in more than 150 languages.
IWC also provides free hour-long training sessions to community organizations on how to best utilize the database.