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Refugee Acculturation and Sustainability Training (RAST)

Listing Last Update: January 24, 2018


3601 15 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48301

Primary Contact

Leila Kello

(586) 722-7253 Ext:110

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

The Chaldean Community Foundation offers English as a Second Language classes to New Americans in a 10 week course that focuses on basic English Grammar, daily conversation skills, which includes English used in Everyday life, Reading and Writing. 4-10week courses are offered each year. Through a partnership with Macomb Community college, students can take credit courses once graduated from our program. Our RAST program also offers job placement, Citizenship instruction, and assistance with N-400 apllicaitons.

Mission Statement

The Chaldean Community Foundation is the charitable are of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the needs of the Chaldean American Community and the communities in which they live and work through education, charitable giving and advocacy

Key programs of the Chaldean Community Foundation include:
• Refugee Acculturation Sustainability and Training (RAST)—helps refugees of the Iraq War and subsequent
religious persecution to acculturate and become less dependent on federal and state subsidies and services
• Project Bismutha—provides free or reduced-cost healthcare to Iraqi Christian and Chaldean refugees without
medical insurance through the Chaldean American Association for Health Professionals (funded entirely through
community donations)
• Refugee Mental Health Services—supplies much-needed mental health referral services to refugees and
others in Southeast Michigan
• English as a Second Language (ESL)—teaches individuals English through a partnership with Macomb Community College
• Chaldean Loan Fund—provides low-interest loans to help refugees purchase a car (funded entirely through
community donations)
• Breaking Barriers—provides assistance and advocacy to the disabled and respite to caregivers
– B.E.A.M. Project-helps better equip those with visual impairments to live independent lives
– H.E.A.L. Project-helps better equip those with hearing impairments to live independent lives
• Immigration—helps individuals apply for lawful permanent resident status and to become naturalized citizens
• Career Services – provides job search, training and placement
• Housing— Creating long-term housing solutions for new Americans
• Navigators—on site to enroll individuals in the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Michigan Plan.

Hours of operation: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"The Chaldean Community Foundation helped me realize that America is a great place with a lot of opportunity for people resettling in a new country." Jana S, Age 53

"I can read, write and speak English thanks to my English teachers at the Chaldean Community Foundation. I don't know how I would have survived in a new country without them." Sabah P, 61.

"The Chaldean Community Foundation not only helped me learn English, but helped me register for College classes after I graduated from their program and helped me find a job." Nissan C, 35

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