The services offered at the centers bring together the goodwill and talents of many, lay and religious, some Irish, Irish Americans and Americans of varying ethnic backgrounds. They provide a sympathetic ear and a helping hand to recent arrivals from all parts of Ireland, of all faiths or of none. The yardstick is need, not creed. Indeed, immigrants of many nationalities and faiths avail of the services and are always welcome.
The range of services is holistic, encompassing every human need, spiritual or temporal. Our services include assistance with employment, accommodation, immigration, legal advice, accidents or unexpected illness, depression, relationships, educational opportunities, hospitalization or imprisonment – far from family, and friends are few.
Many of our centers are parishes without boundaries, with Marriage Preparation courses, counseling and preparation of marriage papers for marriages here, or in Ireland. In times of illness or death of an immigrant or a family member at home, we gather the community together for comfort and support as we celebrate Mass. Joyous family events are also celebrated. In many areas House Masses modeled on the Station Mass in Ireland take place.
Most centers have flourishing Mother-and Toddler groups, while many offer computer classes and self-development courses; continuing education opportunities; social and cultural activities; games and weekend trips.