The East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (also known as ECIRMAC, or the Refugee Center) was created in 1980 by Vietnamese refugees as a way to help other newly arrived refugees acclimate to American culture, and to provide services commonly needed by this population. Since then, the Refugee Center has expanded its scope to assist all refugees, immigrants, and political asylees, regardless of country of origin. The Center currently has the capacity to provide services in seven languages, including: English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Russian, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Services can be arranged in other languages at request.
Support for the Center comes from community members' contributions, Champaign County United Way, the Champaign County Mental Health Board, private grants and donors, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. We recently received a generous grant from Provena to provide health education to the parents of the children attending our Saturday Morning Tutoring Program for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. For more detailed information regarding our funding, we welcome you to check out our Annual Reports located in "About Us."