"When she first became a part of the program about a year ago, Ma Irene could not read or write and did not know how to spell her name. Today, she is reading small chapter books, can spell her first and last name, and is studying to take the test for her citizenship. The next goal for Ma Irene is to start pre-employment and professional development classes to help her secure a job."
For me, it’s not just about food, HGI is like family. HGI helped me greatly, even with the children. It is also the talking and emotional support. For any of my problems, I feel like I can talk to HGI. It feels good to know that someone is for you.”
When we first came to “our Center” and saw that the "Krahn" (Liberian Ethnic Group) Women were coming to join us, we were really angry. They were the ethnic group that killed our people in Liberia. And they were able to come to this country as refugees; they are receiving all the benefits while we are still suffering. But HGI did a great thing by bringing us together. Now we love each other, we are happy to be with each other, and we care about one another like sisters."
Higher Ground International strives to create a warm, welcoming, and empowering environment for refugees and immigrants of all ages and backgrounds.
We empower individuals and give them access to the tools they need to live vibrant and fulfilling lives in their communities.
The services we offer include basic necessity supplies, culturally appropriate food, job readiness training, financial assistance, immigration support, community gatherings, and so much more.
Culturally appropriate day services program dedicated to elder/senior African refugees and immigrants ages 60+.
Help to identify and meet the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants and ensure that they have access to the tools and support they need to move forward.
Celebrate the cultural diversity of those we serve by creating safe intergenerational spaces and by promoting the integration of cultures in our community.
Support the personal and professional growth of immigrants and refugees that help them to thrive.
Higher Ground International relies on the generous support of volunteers and interns. To learn more about how to get involved with our work, please click the button below.
We work with many local and international funders, businesses, and organizations to restore dignity, empower lives, and keep peace. Learn how you can partner with HGI to support refugees and immigrants.
Higher Ground International is a forward-thinking and culturally grounded social impact nonprofit organization. We are dedicated to advocating for, empowering, and providing life-changing services to Liberians and West African immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. We seek to restore dignity, empower lives, and keep peace through work that centers and celebrates the cultural heritage and unique individuality of those we serve.
Higher Ground International was founded in 2008 by Henrietta White-Holder, a native of Liberia, to help support the vast needs of refugee arrivals who had experienced the traumas of civil war. Click Here to learn more about our History.