Los Angeles Center

Being one of the few trusted organizations in Southern California that delivers social and immigration services in Persian (Farsi) and Dari, many individuals decide not only to join Pars’ specific programs, but also to take part in its ongoing social events and community initiatives.

Our Services

Pars provides a cultural haven for hundreds of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers every year.

Social Adjustment Case Management

Pars’ case managers strive to connect families to community resources by continually communicating with partner agencies to ensure that clients have the support and referrals they need to navigate through the United States’ social, medical, and governmental systems.

Our case managers assess the social and economic needs of each of our clients in regards to housing, low-cost energy programs, and healthcare coverage. They may also make referrals to healthcare, mental health counseling, health screenings, and low-cost clinics.

Additionally, case managers can help by making phone calls regarding the following matters:

  • Housing Searches
  • Doctor Visits
  • Government Programs
  • CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and CalWORKs Applications
  • School Enrollments
  • Employment Development Department (EDD) Applications
  • Metro TAP Cards
  • College Financial Aid Applications

Vocational English as a Second Language and Citizenship Instruction

Pars has several certified instructors that provide free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and Citizenship Education classes at various levels while also assessing students using the nationally recognized Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS).

ESL classes improve students’ English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills as well as provide students with the essential tools needed to navigate their community and to reach their educational and professional goals.

As for Citizenship Education classes, these classes teach students the basics of becoming a United States citizen and the different elements of the Naturalization Interview which include the 100 civics questions, the reading and writing tests as well as the interview regarding the naturalization application (Form N-400).

To learn more, please visit HERE.

Community Building and Education Programs

Pars’ community building and education programs cover a wide range of topics related to health, culture, and art. For instance, there are computer training classes, painting classes for children, drawing classes, photography classes, music appreciation classes, health and wellness classes, classes about positive parenting, and many more.

Additionally, Pars offers regular field trips that aim to create a stronger community and allow new members to learn more and assimilate more easily to their new environment.

To learn more, please visit HERE.

Free Tax Preparation and Financial Education

Pars is one of IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, which offers free basic tax return preparation for qualified individuals.

The VITA program offers free tax help for the following individuals:

  • People who make $57,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Taxpayers with limited English skills

Moreover, Pars’ Financial Education Program supports our clients by increasing their understanding of their finances, aiding them in setting financial goals, and offering resources to help them achieve those goals. Additionally, the Financial Coaching program leverages various programs and services to help clients who are seeking to improve their financial conditions.

Financial Assistance Program

The Financial Assistance program’s goal is to help families and individuals meet their basic needs while simultaneously assisting them in attaining self-sufficiency through employment. Financial assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis for the following areas:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Utilities
  • Food Vouchers
  • Prescription Medication
  • Bus Passes
  • Vocational Training and Tuition

Eligible individuals and families may receive a one-time financial disbursement.

Career Services

  1. Job Search Training Program for Immigrants and Refugees

This program offers skilled immigrant and refugee professional job seekers access to job search training curriculum, training resources, and industry expertise. In addition, this program hosts monthly Speaker Series as well as brainstorming and roundtable discussions on specific topics that allow new talents to connect with experienced industry experts from different fields.

  1. Mentorship and Career Development

The Mentorship and Career Development program is designed to help students, job seekers, and newly arrived immigrants to effectively prepare for the job market. This program utilizes a series of workshops and mentorship sessions focusing on different topics to assist individuals in searching for available job opportunities, in applying, and in successfully going through the interview process. Workshop sessions may focus on the following topics:

  • Preparing or reviewing resumes, CVs and cover letters
  • Obtaining job search skills (online and offline)
  • Going through the interview process
  • Negotiating salaries and benefits

Health Access Program

 

Educating the community about California’s health programs, including Covered California, expanded Medi-Cal and county-based safety net programs through promoting the value of purchasing health coverage, and transforming attitudes towards health care.

Covered California recognizes pars as Certified Enrollment Center. To book an appointment, please click HERE.

Legal Services

The United States Department of Justice recognizes Pars’ Office of Legal Accreditation Program which offers low-cost legal services to our community members and provides them the resources necessary to become productive citizens by educating them, advocating on their behalf, and representing them in our community.

Request Consultation

To request a social consultation with one of our staff, please fill out and submit the intake form. We will contact you within 24-48 business hours.
All information provided to us on this form is only used for our office purposes, and the information will be kept confidential.

You can also contact our Social Services by calling (818) 616-3091 or emailing:

education@parsequalitycenter.org

Our LA Social Services Team

Social Services

Paris Etemadi Scott

Peyman Malaz

Los Angeles Center Senior Director

Sima Alizadeh

Goharek Garmemasihi

Case Manager & Vita Tax Site Coordinator

Sima Alizadeh

Alireza Langroodi

Case Manager & Computer Instructor

Sima Alizadeh

Hadis Valivand

Outreach Coordinator & Receptionist

ESL and citizenship Education

Mehrnaz Saadat

ESL and Citizenship Program Coordinator/Instructor

Anita Ebadi

Anita Ebadi

ESL Instructor

Hranush Vardanyan

Hranush Vardanyan

ESL Instructor