BCCRD, Inc., committed to immigrant and refugee advocacy, strives to establish and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees and immigrants who have resettled in the wider Boston metropolitan area. We aim to support and empower refugees as they rebuild their lives in the United States of America and help them become able participants in all facets of American life.
ECSHI (Ethnic Community Self Help Initiative)
ESHI, fully funded by ORI, is a program designed to help refugees assimilate to their new surrounding by removing barriers to their integration and cross-cultural understanding. ESHI services provide assistance in filling out applications, understanding bills, letters and notices, as well as providing escorts for medical and other important appointments.
Post Resettlement Community Service Program
This program allows BCCRD, Inc. to provide case management services for new arrivals up to 5 years upon entrance into the United States. This program is also a link with Voluntary Agencies in the area who are crucial in the process of resettlement. It offers assistance with concrete services—housing, SSI, DTA, school links, health care needs, etc.
Preventive Health Program
BCCRD, Inc., as a member of Massachusetts Assistance Association (MAA) Coalition, has received a grant from Office Of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) to provide services in the area of preventive health education to the Bosnian Community in and around Lynn. Our agency has committed itself to establish on-going assistance to clients as they navigate the health care system and helps them overcome barriers in access to quality health care.
Our team helps clients register for health insurance and make medical appointments. An outreach worker is available to escort clients to health centers, SSA offices and serves as their advocate and liaison to community health centers.
At BCCRD, Inc. we utilize Community forums to distribute translated brochures and fliers full of practical and useful information. We host interactive workshops in collaboration with experts from various health fields.
Some of our past community forums have covered the following topics:
- Women’s health - Family planning - Children’s health - Immunizations - Substance Abuse - HIV/AIDS and STD risk reduction - Domestic Violence
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP)
This Program is a result of our leadership role within MAA Coalition in collaborating with major Mental Health Service Providers in Massachusetts. This program provides case management services to people in need of in-depth socially and culturally sensitive services.
Providing Access to People with Disabilities
BCCRD, Inc. works in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Def and Hard of Hearing to provide services to refugee and immigrant communities with interpretation and translation services.
BCCRD, Inc. also works with the Mass Rehab Commission to provide training and information to refugee and immigrant communities regarding their rights to benefits and employment for individuals with disabilities.
BCCRD worked in 2011-2012 with UMASS medical school on a joint Disabilities program to provide outreach to disabled refugees and immigrants and collect data and information to enhance and assist efforts to meet the needs of the disabled populations within these communities.
To collaborate with BCCRD, Inc. on public health issues within refugee and immigrant communities contact the Executive Director, Dr. Adnan Zubcevic @ 781-593-0100 or