Immigrant advocates seek to better serve St. Louis' newest residents

Recent immigrants to St. Louis have a new resource they can tap when adjusting to life in the United States.

The New American Alliance is a referral system for immigrants and refugees that started to take shape this past summer.

For example, if a recent refugee needs help finding a job, access to healthcare, or an affordable place to live, the Alliance reviews their situation and connects them to an organization that can help.

“There are many organizations that may be well known for serving one specific group of newcomers, but are open to serving all groups of immigrants and refugees,” said Jacquelyn Ballard, the alliance’s information and referral coordinator. "We’re here to make that connection,"

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