“The mission of the Esperanza Center is to welcome immigrants by offering hope, compassionate services, and the power to improve their lives.”
Esperanza Center offers services in five areas: healthcare; education (particularly English for Speakers of Other Languages); immigration legal services; family reunification; and community referral and resources. Our Health Clinic Services vary from primary care appointments and walk-in visits to specialized clinics and appointments for immunizations, dental, ophthalmology, and more.
“Every day the Esperanza Center’s different programs strive to empower our clients to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of their full participation in the American experience.”
Our Client Services program handles over 500 client inquiries annually to help immigrants navigate their way through agencies dealing with social services, housing, employment training, and offering assistance with adapting to US culture. Their work includes translations, notarizations, referrals, public health education, and more.
Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program provides informal and formal classes in English, computer literacy, and citizenship to over 450 adult students each year. Our Youth ESOL program offers after-school and summer classes for over 60 children each semester, incorporating cultural, historical, and recreational field trips into the summer program as well.
Our Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program offers legal advice and representation from experienced immigration attorneys and fully accredited DOJ representatives in a wide range of immigration matters, including assistance with visas, asylum, residency, citizenship, temporary protected status, and defense against removal. In partnerships with service providers, and with grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Vera Institute of Justice, we offer pro-bono legal services unaccompanied children and their sponsor guardians, and to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.
In 2020, the Esperanza Center will celebrate its 57th anniversary of providing hope and services to the immigrant communities of Baltimore and throughout the region.