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ITINs (Individualized Tax ID Numbers)

Organization Name:  Accounting Aid Society
Organization Overview:  Provides tax assistance and promotes the economic self-sufficiency of low to middle income families, seniors and others in need through volunteerism and partnerships. We help struggling families prepare taxes and recover millions in refunds and credits annually. In this way, we help families stay in their homes, keep their utilities turned on, put food on the table, and save for the future. Tax services are available year-round. Eligibility for the free service is based on annual income. The agency also has a year-round Low Income Taxpayer Clinic that provides assistance and representation for low-income taxpayers who have controversies with the IRS. In addition, an ESL Education and Outreach program provides tax education and outreach for taxpayers who speak English as a second language, regardless of income.
Language:  English,Spanish
Cultures:  All
Street:  7700 Second Avenue, Suite 314
City/Township:  Detroit
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48202
Country:  USA
Phone:  (313) 556-1920 or 866-673-0873 (toll-free)
Fax No:  (313) 556-1941
Organization Name:  Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates
Organization Overview:  Bringing stability to West Michigan families & communities through legal services & advocacy Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates (LIA) is a law office that brings stability to West Michigan families and communities through legal services and advocacy. Families that are constantly in fear of deportation; families that lack access to quality, low-cost legal services; families that are unauthorized to work; and/or families are trapped in violent situations, struggle to maintain stability and economic security. Unstable families and families suffering from economic insecurity lead to instability in our communities, schools, and workplaces. This is an issue that impacts everyone in our community: rich and poor, young and old, citizen and noncitizen. Founded in response to this need within one of our most vulnerable communities, LIA provides high-quality legal services for a nominal fee. LIA also advocates through community education, internships and volunteer opportunities, and public awareness campaigns. These services work towards insuring family economic security, intact and unified family units, and detecting and preventing violence in our community. LIA staff and board of directors are members of this community who are passionate about serving this community. Anyone, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, are welcome to seek and receive services at LIA. We value human life and dignity. We value social justice. And we value a strong and stable community.
Language:  English,Spanish
Cultures:  All,Multicultural
Street:  665 136th Avenue, Suite 150
City/Township:  Holland
State:  MI
Zip Code:  49424
Country:  USA
Phone:  (616) 298-8984
Organization Overview:  Refugee Services Refugees are people of all ages who are forced from their own countries by war or political unrest and who cannot return for fear of persecution because of their race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliations. Many spend years in refugee camps before they are given permission to enter the United States. They arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Refugees come here seeking protection and a chance to build a new life. They are eager to learn, to work and to become productive contributors to society. As they become settled, they build businesses, create jobs, revitalize neighbourhoods, fuel the economy and strengthen the tax base, enriching their communities. Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has been the Michigan affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service since the 1950s. In 2002, Lutheran Social Services became the Michigan affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries as well. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in the state, Lutheran Social Services has resettled thousands of people from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Language:  Arabic,English
Cultures:  Arabic,Bosnian,Chaldean,Iraqi,Refugees or Asylees,Syrian
Street:  Nussdorfer Center 1545 Keystone
City/Township:  Lansing
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48911
Country:  USA
Phone:  (517) 321-7663
Organization Overview:  Refugees are people forced to leave their country of residence because of war or political turmoil. We are Michigan's largest private refugee resettlement organization. We provide sponsorship, immigration assistance, legal services and assistance with resettlement and acculturation. Since the mid-1970s, we have resettled thousands of refugees.
Language:  English
Cultures:  Refugees or Asylees
Street:  207 E. Fulton Street; 4th Floor
City/Township:  Grand Rapids
State:  MI
Zip Code:  49503
Country:  USA
Phone:  (616) 356-1934
Email:  ccava@lssm.org
Organization Overview:  Refugee Services Refugees are people of all ages who are forced from their own countries by war or political unrest and who cannot return for fear of persecution because of their race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliations. Many spend years in refugee camps before they are given permission to enter the United States. They arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Refugees come here seeking protection and a chance to build a new life. They are eager to learn, to work and to become productive contributors to society. As they become settled, they build businesses, create jobs, revitalize neighbourhoods, fuel the economy and strengthen the tax base, enriching their communities. Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has been the Michigan affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service since the 1950s. In 2002, Lutheran Social Services became the Michigan affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries as well. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in the state, Lutheran Social Services has resettled thousands of people from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Language:  Arabic,Croatian,English,Serbian
Cultures:  Arabic,Bosnian,Chaldean,Iraqi,Refugees or Asylees,Syrian
Street:  2 W Michigan Ave Suite 300
City/Township:  Battle Creek
State:  MI
Zip Code:  49017
Country:  USA
Phone:  (269) 532-0827
Organization Overview:  Refugees are people forced to leave their country of residence because of war or political turmoil. We are Michigan's largest private refugee resettlement organization. We provide sponsorship, immigration assistance, legal services and assistance with resettlement and acculturation. Since the mid-1970s, we have resettled thousands of refugees. Resettlement Services We lead newly arrived refugees through their confusing first months in the United States. We: •provide a furnished house or apartment •enroll the children in school •help the refugees apply for Social Security cards and other necessary documents. •assist with cultural and social integration into the community •refer the new arrivals to training in English as a second language •assist with family reunification Employment Services We are Michigan's primary contractor for job development and placement, vocational English language training and citizenship services. We provide: •job skills training •vocational English language training (VELT) •translation/interpretation services •help with social adjustment •outreach and referral Most refugees are punctual and reliable, honest and trustworthy, highly productive and quick to learn. They are very appreciative of the opportunity to work, so they are dedicated to their employers and get along well with co-workers. If you can employ refugees at your business in Southeastern Michigan, contact Belmin Pinjic, bpin@lssm.org or (248) 423-2790. In West Michigan, contact Chris Cavanaugh, ccava@lssm.org or (616) 356-1934. Employers who hire refugees may qualify for tax credits or grants to provide tools and uniforms for refugees. The federal Match Grant program in Detroit and Grand Rapids, offers incentives to refugees who find work quickly and do not need to rely on public assistance. The program provides employment training, placement and transportation. Translation Services We can translate documents from the following languages into English: Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Romanian, Russian and Serbian. Documents can also be translated from English into any of these languages. Legal Services We offer professional, immigration legal services for refugees, asylees and immigrants at nominal fees, to help them in achieve independence and stability in the United States. These services include assistance with adjustment of status, naturalization, travel documents, and family visa petitions. The program has an accredited representative on staff who is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), as well as interns who are students at local law schools. Coming soon: citizenship training classes to prepare naturalization applicants for the Civics and English portions of the naturalization test. School Impact Program We serve as a liaison with local K-12 schools, helping students with English instruction, translation and social adjustment. We help refugee parents understand the school environment and become more involved in their children’s education, and also provide support and resources for teachers of refugee students. - See more at: http://www.lssm.org/refugee#sthash.5f5iny1z.dpuf
Language:  Arabic,Armenian,Assyrian,Bosnian,Chaldean,English,Farsi/Persian,French,German,Kurdish,Nepali,Romanian,Russian,Turkish
Cultures:  Arabic,Assyrian,Bosnian,Chaldean,Iraqi,Refugees or Asylees
Street:  2170 E. Big Beaver Rd.
City/Township:  Troy
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48083
Country:  USA
Phone:  (248) 663-0710
Fax No:  (248) 423-3023
Email:  vcizm@lssm.org
Organization Overview:  St. Vincent de Paul is the designated refugee resettlement agency for Adults and Families in mid-Michigan. Through a federal government program we assist with the basic essentials to welcome refugees to the Lansing community and help them reach self-sufficiency.
Language:  Arabic,Burmese,English,Somali,Spanish
Cultures:  All,American,Arabic,Burmese,Chaldean,Somali
Street:  2800 Willow Street
City/Township:  Lansing
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48917
Country:  USA
Phone:  (517) 323-4734, ext 1424