We have a new Executive Director!

We are pleased to announce that Caroline Fan will be joining MIRA as the new Executive Director. Although we are sad to see Marie-Aimée Abizera move from St. Louis, we wish her and her family the best of luck in their future endeavors.

We are so thankful for all of Aimée’s hard work and contributions to our coalition and we are very confident that Caroline will continue the hard work.

A little bit about Caroline Fan:

“Caroline Fan founded Cabochon Consulting. She is a strategic adviser and social entrepreneur who has worked in management positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She specializes in public affairs, political consulting, and community outreach. Her clients include nonprofits, campaigns and startups. Most recently, she consulted for the St. Louis Mosaic Project on international student outreach. Caroline works with clients to promote their brands, raise funds, and guides them through complex and rapidly-changing regulations, policies, and political challenges in the public and private sectors. She has worked on issues including transportation, health, workforce development, technology, and the arts. Her prior experience includes helping state legislators across the country analyze and pass legislation on immigration and workers’ rights, and working for her hometown Congresswoman during implementation of the PATRIOT ACT.

Caroline is a prolific writer. In 2007, she founded an award-winning blog that received accolades from the Library of Congress. She serves on a number of boards and committees in St. Louis and nationally including the Asian American Action Fund, the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, and the St. Louis County Courts Committee on Race and Bias. As Immediate Past President of OCA St. Louis, she led mentorship and leadership development and partnership outreach where she developed events with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. For her leadership, she has been honored by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum as one of 15 APA Women Leaders. In her youth, she was published in Yell-Oh Girls!, an anthology of Asian Pacific American female writers, alongside the late Rep. Patsy Mink, who was the major author and sponsor of Title IX. She has also published reports on immigrant and worker rights which have been used from UCLA to University of Michigan.

She graduated from Williams College and received an MPA from Baruch College through the National Urban Fellows program. Caroline is the proud daughter of immigrants and speaks Chinese and some Spanish.”

KIPP Wisdom Academy/KIPP Inspire Academy

Organization Name
KIPP Wisdom Academy (elementary school)
KIPP Inspire Academy (middle school)
*Soon opening a high school

Organization Overview/Mission
KIPP St. Louis will serve as a catalyst for education reform by establishing and supporting a world class network of public schools that develop in all of our students the knowledge, skills, character and pursuit of excellence necessary to succeed in high quality high schools and colleges and the world beyond.

Our Vision
All families in St. Louis will have access to a world class network of public schools that will prepare children with the academic skills and character traits necessary to thrive in college and in life.

Immigrant Services
We provide free bus transportation anywhere in the city and have bilingual staff that can help Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and Mandarin-speaking families as well as access to translating services to help families who speak a different language than the one above.

Community Services
We partner with organizations in the community to provide access to college savings accounts, health services, financial education, and more.

Languages on staff
Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic

Other language support offered (through interpreters, etc.)
Any language available through LAMP

Fees
None

Address
2647 Ohio Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Phone
314-384-9561 (front desk)

314-366-1907 (personal cell of school liaison)

Fax

( 888) 975-0072

Website

Contact (email)

aveenkant@kippstl.org

Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC)

Organization Overview/Mission
We are the St. Louis Metro area’s Fair Housing enforcement non-profit. We also provide free legal assistance to tenants facing disputes with their landlords.

Immigrant Services
Foreign born families can benefit from both the Fair Housing and tenants’ rights sides of EHOC.

Community Services
Our services are free to the public.

Languages on staff
English

Other language support offered (through interpreters, etc.)
We contract with LAMP to provide interpreters as needed.

Fees
None

Address
1027 S. Vandeventer 6th FL
St. Louis, MO 63118

Phone
314.534.5800
Fax
314.254.2551

Website
Contact
gburleigh@ehoc-stl.org

Language Access Multicultural People (L.A.M.P)

Organization Overview/Mission
We are dedicated to breaking down linguistic and cultural barriers for immigrants, refugees, the Deaf, and hard-of-hearing seeking health care and support services in St. Louis metropolitan area.

Immigrant Services
Translation and interpreting

Community Services
Translation, interpreting, language classes, Bridging the Gap training, and cultural competency trainings

Languages on staff
Over 45 Languages

Other language support offered (through interpreters, etc.)
All 45+ languages are on staff

Fees
Please contact Cynthia Chavez at 314.842.0062

Address
8050 Watson Rd
St. Louis, MO 63123

Phone
314.842.0062
Fax
314.842.1303

Website

Contact (email)
bnunez@ccstl.org

Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry – St. Francis Community Services

Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry

Organization Overview/Mission
Provides free legal representation in civil matters to impoverished people who cannot afford to hire an attorney

Immigrant Services
Legal Aid

Community Services
Know Your Rights, Workshops and Education

Languages on staff
Spanish, Bosnian

Other language support offered (through interpreters, etc.)
Receive assistance from LAMP interpreters

Fees
Free—must pay their own filing fees unless eligible for a fee waiver

Address 
100 N. Tucker Blvd., Suite 726
St. Louis, MO 63101-1915

Phone
314-977-2619
Fax
314-977-3334

Website

Contact (email)
info@ccstl.org