ACCESS Parenting Program Breaks Down Barriers

Over 100 families from traditional Arab communities in Dearborn have received help from the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) parenting program to better adapt to life in the United States.

The center's parenting program helps to eliminate some of the challenges that Arab families face after moving to the U.S. These challenges include language barriers and lack of transportation.

Many of the parents, immigrants from Iraq and Yemen now live in Dearborn and have only been in the country for fewer than ten years. Most participants are referred by other families and community outreach.

In the program parents learn how to communicate with their family, set up the household and reduce physical discipline. The parents can learn to read and speak English so they find work, talk to their children's teachers and help with homework.

Through the center, families improve their family relationship – between the wife and husband and parents and children.

ACCESS has served 159 families in various activities including home visits, parent education and family support for 30 years.