Below are some of the Nepali resources within and around the Ohio area. Whether these resources are for housing, jobs, life and news, we here at the Nepali News Network hope to bring you news and information that is both helpful to you and those around you. Enjoy!
Part of the mission for US Together, is “To coordinate, organize, and initiate services to refugees and immigrants through education, advocacy, support services, information, referrals, and networking opportunities in to strengthen the community that we live in and to promote international understanding through intercultural exchange. US Together, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) mutual assistance agency founded in 2003 as a response to the needs of refugees and immigrants in Ohio.
We welcome newcomers from all over the world who are seeking a better life in another country. Services are provided in our Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo offices.” (Source: https://www.ustogether.us/about
Central Ohio Worker Center
The following information, “
In recent decades, fair wages and workplace protections have come under fire. Working class people have been pitted against each other. Immigrants are scapegoated for an economy that works for the few rather than the many. Many workers today have nowhere to turn when they experience wage theft or workplace discrimination, and immigrant families are torn apart by deportation. The Central Ohio Worker Center was created to fill a crucial gap in our community.
The Central Ohio Worker Center (“COWC”) is a non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and advocates for and with low-wage and immigrant workers in Central Ohio.
History of the Central Ohio Worker Center
Inspired by a stirring keynote address from Kim Bobo, founder of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and her book, Wage Theft in America, local organizers began discussing the need for a worker center in Columbus, Ohio. Initial meetings were held in September 2013. Friends and allies developed a common vision and basic organizational structure. The Central Ohio Worker Center was formed and received 501(c)(3) status in September 2014.
Establishing the COWC was a collaborative effort by workers, students, community organizations, people of faith and unions committed to advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers and immigrants. Many of our founding members first joined together in a community effort to celebrate May Day and labor history in the United States. Appreciating the significance of past struggles and victories reinforced the need for an organization that not only served low-wage workers and immigrants in need, but also one that helped them organize collectively to obtain justice in the workplace and community.
Under the leadership of our Board of Directors, the COWC provides “know your rights” workshops, training on labor and immigration law and policy, and effective assistance on wage theft and immigration cases. Our labor liaison works closely with our friends in the labor movement to ensure that all workers have access to the benefits collective bargaining and workplace representation. She also staffs our hotline and refers cases to appropriate volunteers and professionals. Today the COWC is making a positive difference in the lives of workers in Central Ohio.”, can be found at url, https://centralohioworkercenter.org/history-mission/
North Community Counseling Center
The North Community Counseling Center , also known as NCCC, “…has been providing essential services to the Central Ohio community for over 50 years. NCCC is a nonprofit, mental health agency striving to educate and enrich the lives of the people it serves. With five locations and home- and school-based programs, NCCC is able to reach individuals, couples, and families throughout Franklin County and help them with challenges related to mental health and addiction. In addition to therapy, NCCC offers case management, substance use disorder treatment, and youth and adolescent programming.” (Source:https://www.northcommunity.com/about/)
The Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio, commonly known as BCCO, “… offers post-resettlement direct services to recently arrived refugees from Bhutan and a small number from other countries, as well as ongoing programming, classes, events, activities, mentoring and leadership to the broader refugee community to help strengthen their transition into their new home. The majority of our clients are referred to the BCCO from resettlement agencies like the Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) after their 90-day initial resettlement period, as well as from the Franklin County Office of Job and Family Services, other social service agencies, local schools, and hospitals. The BCCO wants to build a relationship with other communities through cultural exchange, language and learning, and through partnership building.” (Source: https://www.bccoh.org/about.html )
Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio
“The BCCO offers post-resettlement direct services to recently arrived refugees from Bhutan and a small number from other countries, as well as ongoing programming, classes, events, activities, mentoring and leadership to the broader refugee community to help strengthen their transition into their new home. The majority of our clients are referred to the BCCO from resettlement agencies like the Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) after their 90-day initial resettlement period, as well as from the Franklin County Office of Job and Family Services, other social service agencies, local schools, and hospitals. The BCCO wants to build a relationship with other communities through cultural exchange, language and learning, and through partnership building.” (Source: https://www.bccoh.org/about.html)
CAP4Kids has, “… reliable, up-to-date information about resources in the Columbus area for children and families? You’ve come to the right place! CAP4Kids will help you find many community agencies that exist to improve the lives of children and families. If you are on your mobile phone, make sure you click on the orange parent handouts at the top of the page to find all the resources. The website is updated daily!” (Source: https://cap4kids.org/columbus/)
Community Refugee and Immigration Services (Also known as C.R.I.S.)
CRIS, or Community Refugee and Immigration Services, “…is an independent non-profit organization that serves the refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. Among other things, CRIS is a refugee resettlement agency. As an affiliate of Church World Service, we have a cooperative agreement with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community.
The CRIS staff is as diverse as the populations we serve, consisting of over 100 people from around the world who speak more than two dozen languages. CRIS has many funding partners who play an integral role in the work we do and an equally diverse Board of Trustees serves to support and guide this work.” (Source: https://www.crisohio.org/about)
Nepalese Society of Columbus in Ohio
The Nepalese Society of Columbus in Ohio is, “A Facebook group opened to create an atmosphere of familiarity, unity and brotherhood among Nepalis scattered around Columbus, Ohio, USA.” (Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/668461106879065/ )
Central Ohio Nepalese Association
The Central Ohio Nepalese Association is known for, “Central Ohio Nepali Association (CONA) is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization of people of Nepali Origin and currently living in Central Ohio, USA. This includes, but not limited to, Nepali from Nepal, Bhutanese Nepali, Burmese Nepali, or any other Nepali who have migrated to Central Ohio from any other parts of the world, and their descendants. CONA is dedicated to help, support and build this community and work for their prosperity, while enriching the broader communities around us , with the rich culture and tradition that we have brought with us. Even though CONA was officially registered in April, 2020, this group of community members have been actively involved in community building and community organizing by celebrating cultural programs, and festivals from back home. The community stands by and stands for each other. The community has grown to over 30,000 in Central Ohio and it keeps growing. We have 100s of Nepali speaking people owned small businesses in Ohio . Even though CONA is fully dedicated to the local community, CONA members also have been involved in advocacy to solve national and international level’s problems faced by the community and their families. Amongst Hundred’s of Nepali organizations in the USA, less than 5 are included in the Nepal Embassy’s website and CONA has been recognized and listed by embassy for its imperative involvement in COVID vaccine advocacy. After the pandemic hit, CONA COVID team was formed. The team started the process of registering CONA. CONA Covid team provided medical help to the COVID patients, distributed necessary medical supplies to the community and conducted many webinars and educational programs on COVID. The speakers on Webinars conducted on COVID were Franklin County Health Commissioner, Columbus City Health Commissioner, Religious leader, Councilman, and social workers. Some of CONA executives are vaccine ambassadors for Franklin County Health Department. CONA Physicians were invited to speak on NRN and UNA conferences and on multiple media. CONA team also organized meetings with Senator Brown’s & Portman’s offices on vaccine advocacy, NRN USA, ANMF and Nepal Embassy Representatives also were invited on those meetings. CONA also played a vital role in getting Johnson and Johnson vaccine to Nepal and thus gained popularity in Nepali media. Besides COVID, CONA has also worked along with Adhikar, a New York based group with the Senator Brown’s office about the TPS status of Nepali people in the USA. CONA had also hosted a fundraising event along with NRN in honor of Dr. Mahabir Pun ( www.nicnepal.org ) when he visited Ohio. With the aim of uniting all the Nepalis of Central Ohio, CONA has also organized many social and cultural events like summer picnics, Dashain festival, New years’ celebrations. CONA has conducted fundraising events during melancholic situations like deaths of any Nepali individuals in the USA and during 2015 Nepal Earthquake.” (Source: https://www.conaohio.org/about-us/about)
Asian American Community Services
The Asian American Community Services, also known as AACS, “… have been long labeled by mainstream American society as the “model minority” who have achieved greater socioeconomic success than any other minority group in the United States. However, Asian Americans are an incredibly diverse population, and the accomplishments of those visible to the mainstream have masked the struggles of particular groups within the community. Certain Asian ethnicities face poverty rates over two times that of the national average, low educational levels, and many other realities that are not reflected in the “model minority” myth.” (Source: https://www.aacsohio.org/about-us-1#mission-statement)