Refugee Programs’ Class Series

HISD’s Refugee Program, coordinated through the Multilingual Programs Department, provides support to newly arrived refugee students during their resettlement process in the United States. In addition, the refugee staff provides training for teachers and parents and coordinates all appropriate services with area service providers. One of the services provided to parents is a series of parenting classes. Recently, a group of Refugee mothers gathered at Walnut Bend Elementary to hear a presentation given by Kamilah Thomas, LMSW Program Specialist from ESCAPE Family Resource Center about appropriate forms of discipline within the United States. Due to their traditions, social normalities, and diverse languages, Shirin Herman, Outreach Worker with HISD, wanted to provide the mothers with guidance and tools to use when disciplining their children. Below is a series of pictures from the presentation:

For more information about this topic, please contact Kamilah Thomas, LMSW Program Specialist, ESCAPE Family Resource Center at 713.942.9500 or visit

HISD’s Refugee Program also participated alongside other organizations in World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center. The afternoon presented great opportunities to “Meet Your Neighbor” with children’s activities, cultural performances, educational exhibits, food trucks, an artisan market as well as community resources. 3,000 refugees join our community in Houston each year; 1400 refugee children are students in HISD.

The educational exhibits available were sponsored by the following organizations:

 The Alliance for Multicultural Services

Bilingual education Institute

Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston

Houston Community College

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston

Neighborhood Centers Inc.

YMCA International Services

Other exhibits were:

Refugee Services of Texas


Prestige Learning Institute

AMAANAH Refugee Services

Red Cross


Maram Foundation

Wells Fargo


US Department of Labor

Texas Children’s Health plan

Harris County Department of Education

Community cloth

Houston Public Library

Department of Neighborhoods-City of Houston Office of International Communities


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