Plaza Voices


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Services to New Immigrants

The Denver Public Library’s Plaza programming is specifically tailored to meet the needs of immigrant, refugee, and asylee populations. Plazas are a dedicated space for migrants from all over the world to connect with people, information, and resources, building Denver’s successful global community.

Plazas offer support for new immigrants including second-language conversation skills, citizenship, business networking, and more.

Find A Plaza Near You

Quick Reference and Referrals

211 Colorado (Just dial 211 or (866)760-6489) Denver call center is operated through Mile High United way. Free hotline for health and human services information and referrals. Calls are confidential. Interpreters are available for over 20 languages, and most call centers have Spanish-speaking referral specialists.

311 Help Center (Denver) (Just dial 311) Outside Denver: 720-913-1311 Online and telephone referrals to all city services, including city agencies, resources, events, and much more. Interpreters available for a variety of languages.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) 2525 W. Alameda Ave., Suite 300 Denver, CO 80219 303-922-3344 Immigrant advocacy organization that also provides referrals to other immigrant service providers. Staff speak Spanish.

Case Management / Multiple Services

Colorado African Organization 6795 E. Tennessee Ave. Suite 250 Denver, CO 80224 303-953-7060 Provides case management for African refugees, asylees, immigrants and their families. Offers health education and HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Also offer English classes and adult education, advocacy and integration assistance.

Lutheran Family Services 1600 Downing St., Suite 600 Denver, CO 80218 303-980-5400 Legal services for immigrants, including help with permanent residential status, employment authorization, naturalization, and visas. Also provides refugee resettlement services and case management. Languages spoken include Af-May, Amharic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Burmese, English, French, Grebo, Kikongo, Kituba, Krio, Mende, Pular (Fulani), Russian, Slovene, Somali (Af-Maxaa), Spanish, Swahili, Temne, Thai, Tshiluba, Ukrainian, and Wolof.

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning 1373 Grant St. Denver, CO 80203 303-863-0188 Educational programs including pre-employment training, ESL, and cultural diversity awareness. Collaborates with the Emily Griffith Technical College to offer workplace preparation courses for refugees and asylees. Also operates the Interpreter Network of Colorado (INoC), providing interpretation and translation for 80 languages. Languages spoken by staff include Amharic, Arabic, English, French, Russian, Somali, and Spanish.

Adult Education (ELL, GED, Citizenship, Computers)

Community College of Denver 1111 West Colfax Ave. P.O. Box 173363 Denver, CO 80217 303-556-2600 ESL classes for enrolled students, beginning at the intermediate level. Also provides GED and pre-GED classes at other locations in Denver.

Emily Griffith Technical College 1860 Lincoln St. Denver, CO 80203 720-423-4700 ESL office numbers: 720-423-4750 ESL, GED, and work-skills classes, as well as vocational and certification programs. Call to find out about fees and schedules, and to arrange for free assessment tests.

Focus Points Family Resource Center 2501 E. 48th Ave. Denver, CO 80216 303-292-0770 Extensive programs and classes for adults, children, and families, with expertise in working with Latino populations. Classes include ESL, GED (in English), adult basic education, early childhood education, employment, parenting, and more.


9to5 National Association of Working Women 1634 Downing St., Unit A Denver, CO 80218 303-628-0925 National Job Survival Hotline: 1-800-522-0935 Job help hotline with information and referrals on workers’ rights and dealing with conflicts at work, with an emphasis on supporting female workers. Offers trainings on sexual harassment and discrimination. Spanish-language trainings available with prior notice.

El Centro Humanitario Para los Trabajadores 2260 California St. Denver, CO 80205 303-292-4115 Promotes the rights and well-being of day laborers in Colorado through education, job skills, leadership development, united action and advocacy.

Workforce Centers (Office of Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development, City and County of Denver) Job-seeking services and computer classes. Certain programs require documentation of citizenship or refugee status. Denver Workforce Center at Speer (Denver County) 1391 N. Speer Blvd., Suite 500 Denver, CO 80204 720-865-5619 Denver Workforce Center- Youth Services 1391 N. Speer Blvd., Suite 520 Denver, CO 80204 720-865-5700 Denver Workforce Center at Westside 1200 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80204 720-944-1615 Denver Workforce Center at Montbello (Denver County) 4685 Peoria St., Suite 251 Denver, CO 80239 720-865-4800 Denver Workforce Center at DIA 8500 Pena Blvd. 5th Level, Main Terminal, West Side, Denver, CO 80249 303-342-2590

Family and Children Services

Denver’s Great Kids Head Start 201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 1107 Denver, CO 80202 720-913-0880 Services for children ages 3-5 from low-income families. Includes early childhood education, development, nutrition, medical services, etc. Spanish-speaking staff are available. Referral required.

Gathering Place 1535 High St. Denver, CO 80218 303-321-4198 Drop-in child care for women and their children experiencing homelessness. Also provides resources and referrals to encourage self-sufficiency. Spanish-speaking staff are available.

Newcomer Centers ELA Hotline 720-423-2040 Part of the Denver Public School’s ELA program, meant for middle school and high school students who are new to DPS, have limited or interrupted education and who have limited English skills. Referral and application required. Call for more information.
Place Bridge Academy Newcomer Center 7125 Cherry Creek North Dr. Denver, CO 80224 720-535-0960
Merrill Middle School Newcomer Center 1551 S. Monroe St. Denver, CO 80210 720-424-0600
South High School Newcomer Center 1600 E. Louisiana Ave. Denver, CO 80210 720-423-6000


Asian Pacific Development Center 1537 Alton St. Aurora, CO 80010 303-923-2920 Culturally appropriate health, mental health counseling, youth-at-risk programs, and victim’s assistance services. Staff language skills include Spanish, some Eastern European languages some African languages, and 21 Asian languages.

Clínica Tepeyac 5075 Lincoln St. Denver, CO 80216 303-458-5302 Basic medical services for individuals and families without insurance or other access to healthcare services. Includes physical exams, immunizations, cancer screenings, and diabetes management. Must make appointment to be seen. Staff speak Spanish.

El Centro Esperanza 881 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80204 303-480-1920 Community health services, support groups, and counseling for adults and children. Also provides health education programs for the Latino GLBT community. Spanish-speaking staff are available.


Colorado Housing Search 1-877-428-8844 Online search for local housing (to rent or own) in English and Spanish. Sponsored by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Colorado Division of Housing.

HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) 1670 Broadway Denver, Colorado 80202-4801 303-672-5440 Full website in Spanish and English, with information on buying a house, deciding between renting and owning, fair housing laws, HUD-approved lenders, services for the homeless, and more.

Legal Assistance and Immigration

Catholic Charities Immigration Services 4045 Pecos St. Denver, CO 80211 303-742-4971 Provides legal assistance to low-income immigrants throughout Colorado. Offers assistance with deportation defense, Deferred Action for Youth (DACA), naturalization/citizenship and family visa processing. Offers legal aid clinic nights and community trainings on immigration law.

Colorado Legal Services 1905 Sherman St., Suite 400 Denver, CO 80203 303-837-1313 Migrant Farm Worker Division: 303-866-9366 Legal services for low-income individuals on civil matters, including domestic violence, housing issues, healthcare, and public benefits. Also offers “know your rights” trainings. Spanish-speaking staff are available.

The Denver Center for Crime Victims P.O. Box 18975 Denver, CO 80218 Hotline: (303) 718-8289 (Español), (303) 894-8000 (English), Admin: (303) 860-0660 Hearing and Speech Impaired Hotline: 711 Relay Colorado, Fax: (303) 831-7282. Mi Gente VAWA Legal Solutions Program provides pro bono immigration services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. This includes assistance with U-Visas and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. Provides crisis intervention for victims of crimes as well as trauma counseling, case management, support groups, advocacy and referrals to victims of crimes. Specific programs are geared towards children, families, and the elderly. Charges $200 for a U visa or VAWA process.


Denver Asset Building Coalition Mi Casa Resource Center 360 Acoma St. Denver, CO 80223 303-388-7030 Tax preparation assistance and tax education classes. Spanish staff available during tax season (February 1-April 15), and during the rest of the year with advance notice. See site for list of locations.

Translation Services

Interpreter Network of Colorado (INoC) 303-831-4151 1-888-499-7996 Interpretation and translation services by trained and certified professionals. Over 80 languages are represented. Call for fees and scheduling.

Colorado Association of Professional Interpreters Professional association for interpreters in Colorado. Provides online directory of interpreters in the state.

View the Complete Immigrant Resource Guide (pdf).

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