To promote the equal opportunity, dignity, and self-sufficiency of refugee and immigrant individuals and families in Vermont, regardless of race, ethnic group, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
AALV serves refugees and immigrants from 35 different countries and all ages. New Americans in Vermont live primarily in the greater Burlington area, as well as in Washington and Windham Counties. We are concerned with affordable housing, maintaining our health, jobs with livable wages, and the well being of our children. We are proud to be united New Americans living in Vermont.
The AALV was founded more than 7 years ago as a way for the small African community at that time to get together and discuss the challenges of being in America. Over time, the AALV has steadily grown into a small social service agency with full-time staff. In 2009, AALV made a decision to serve all refugees in Vermont. Bhutanese, Burmese, Iraqis, Karen, Meskhetian Turks and others can now access AALV services just like our African clientele. AALV is proud to be able to extend its experience in mutual assistance to newly arrived refugee groups.
1. Enhance the economic mobility of refugees and immigrants in Vermont: encourage improved English language skills; deliver vocational training; secure high quality jobs; and support refugee-owned business.
2. Improve the health outcomes of Vermont’s refugee and immigrant population: support preventative education and screening; promote healthy behavior; improve access to and utilization of healthcare services.
3. Foster civic education and leadership: provide leadership development; needs and asset-based assessment; and promote uptake of decision-making positions.