Programs & Services

H.E.A.L.-International Inc. offers various services to meet its mission. They include programs in Women Empowerment, Educational, Youth, Community Service, Conflict Resolution, and variety of workshops in Cultural integration, health, and leadership development. We also provide information and links to other resources already available in the area to efficiency of resources.


Center for Youth and Education Services

Goal: to provide quality, holistic services which guide refugee/immigrant youth toward success.
Programs: HEAL mentors and counselors assist refugee/immigrant parents and schools with advocacy, interpretations, problem solving assistance, and cultural consultations.
Summer Enrichment program: see featured program to right...

Center for Conflict Resolution

Goal: to educate Refugees about American laws to reduce domestic violence, incidents of child neglect/abuse, and to promote family strengthening.
Programs: H.E.A.L promotes parent education through adult ESL courses. H.E.A.L collaborates with law enforcement agencies such as FBI, Buffalo Police and Family Court justice to provide workshops in Child preventive care, domestic Violence prevention, Trafficking, and Safety. We have been successful in resolving culturally sensitive cases.

Center for Women Empowerment

Goal: Buffalo families are single parents. H.E.A.L seeks to provide support to refugee women in order to develop independence.
Activities: Financial literacy, Adult ESL & cultural education, job assistance, interpretation, and Health Awareness workshops.

Center for Economic Development/Micro-Credit Financing:

Goal: To train and assist aspiring refugee entrepreneurs.
Work in Progress: We are not fully able to implement this initiative yet without the proper space for clients to have the training and practice. We believe it will be one of the most rewarding initiatives for the City of Buffalo’s refugee community.

The H.E.A.L Summer Enrichment:

This notable Program is a safe and structured summer program for youth of ages 14 to 21. Our stimulating program operates for 6 weeks. We are focused on assuring that students continue to learn and grow over the summer; a requirement by the City of Buffalo Division of Youth which funds the program. We offer work force training environment and workshops that we hope will assist Refugee youth to participate in the work force. While part of the summer is spent doing fun & learning activities, we also plan to incorporated meaningful field trips. The overriding goal of this program is to provide Legal and Financial education, American cultural integration, Educational recreation & field trips, and vital work experience for the youth. The expected outcome will be a more knowledgeable community of young refugee boys and girls who will be able to assist their families accustom to the American society while preparing themselves for their future endeavors.

We partner with Federal, State and City of Buffalo law enforcement agencies, Banks, Higher Education institutions, and other professionals to offer a dynamic program. In 2009, our program had eighteen (18) students. There were thirty six (36) in 2010, and we plan to host about sixty (60) youths this summer.

To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 31, 2011. Applications for the 2011 Summer Program are now available at current H.E.A.L. offices at 233 West Ferry.