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Hispanic Outreach Services

Are you looking for help acclimating to American life and culture? Do you need to further your education? Would you like to begin the immigration process? Could you benefit from learning financial, job, or life management skills? Would your children benefit from help with school? Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is here to help with our La Casa Amiga Hispanic Outreach services. In 2013, we served over 4,000 people. We would like to help you, too.

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Migration and Refugee Services

Know Your Rights: Preparation for Encounters with Immigration Enforcement

Click here for details on the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees in the United States provided by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration & Refugee Services. The videos at this site give information in both English and Spanish.

Hispanic Outreach Video

Hispanic Outreach Services Featured on Impact Detroit 100

Maria Etienne, CCSEM Director of Hispanic Outreach Services (HOS), and Aidee Benavides, who oversees HOS tutoring services, were recently featured on the Impact 100 Detroit community television program to discuss the services offered by HOS.

The Door is Open for You at La Casa Amiga

Coping and adjusting to a new culture can make day-to-day life challenging. When you step through our door, you will feel welcomed. In the Hispanic culture, the family is a great source of strength. We want to be an extension of your family. Our Spanish-speaking team of staff and volunteers provides services, referrals, educational and skill-building programs for Hispanic parents and children to help adjust to life in their new country.

Help for Children and Adults by Spanish Speakers

You and your family will be embraced in the warm and helpful environment of our outreach center. There are educational, financial, prevention, job skill, and immigration services, as well as many other support services. For instance, one of our services includes free interpreting services for parents with school age children to help facilitate communication between parents and teachers about school related issues and help during parent-teacher conferences, school registration, IEP meetings, and more. We will work together to help you and your loved ones succeed!

Extensive Services to Support You and Your Family

Services are available regardless of race, religion, age, gender, disability, national origin, or income. Many of our services are provided to you at no cost or a nominal fee. Day care services are available so your children are cared for while you gain important life skills. Each of the following services offers a range of benefits. We are here to help provide you and your family with the skills and tools to move forward and thrive as an integrated part of the community. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!


Food Assistance Available

Know someone with limited resources who is choosing between food purchases and other necessities? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible individuals and families including seniors to save money on groceries to pay bills, for medications, clothes, and other necessities. Thanks in part to generous support from the Walmart Foundation, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) is helping residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties to quickly learn if they are eligible and enroll. Make a confidential call today to learn if you are eligible and how to enroll at 248-338-4250 ext. 3700!
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Basic Needs Assistance


  • Direct services or referral to other agencies to help families acquire basic needs such as clothing, food, and shelter.



  • English as a Second Language classes (daytime and evening classes available)
  • GED preparation to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma
  • Adult basic education, taught in Spanish, grades 1 – 12 (program provided in partnership with the Mexican Consulate)
  • College authorized test center
  • Pearson authorized test center
  • Computer classes
  • Child education services from elementary through high school
    • Tutoring
    • Mentoring: Adult mentors help children and teens to succeed academically; plan for the future; acquire problem solving skills; and avoid involvement with gangs, drugs, and alcohol.
    • Enrollment in school
    • Translation assistance with teachers
    • Youth development and leadership skills summer camp
    • After-school programs, including parenting and early childhood education classes
  • Skills assistance in caring for children and helping them succeed in school

Governmental Program Case Management MBA


  • Food stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Michigan Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE)

Prevention Services


  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program
  • Substance abuse prevention services
  • Mentoring
  • After school program
  • Summer camp
  • School liaison
  • Traffic safety education
  • Parenting

Job Skills


  • Life coaching
  • Cake decorating classes
  • In-home child care business course
  • ‘My Own Business’ skills training
  • Computer instruction

Financial Skills


  • Financial literacy
  • Financial coaching
  • Tax preparation
  • Family budget education

Job Placement Training and Assistance


  • Job search training
  • Job applications
  • Resume writing
  • Job Interview training
  • Corporate outreach



  • Legal assistance
  • Naturalization clinic (N-400, naturalization interview practice)
  • Citizenship classes

Other Services


  • Notary Public
  • Translation documents
  • Child care
  • Community garden
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Transportation

Social and Community Support


  • Social activities
  • Celebrations
  • Family gatherings
  • Helping families connect with old and new friends



  • Emergency mental health
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Other needs

Hispanic Outreach Volunteers Help Make Our Services a Success

Our volunteers, most of which are Spanish-speaking, are an important part of our success. Without them sharing their talents, skills, and resources, many of our services wouldn’t be possible. After receiving training in specific areas, our volunteers facilitate classes, assist in child care, help in administrative tasks, and support Hispanic Outreach Services in countless ways. To learn more about volunteering with Hispanic Outreach Services, contact us today!

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