The New American Welcome Center (NAWC) at the University Y helps immigrants fully integrate into American society and prepares receiving communities around Champaign County to be welcoming and inclusive. This is accomplished through a combination of integration services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents.



Our Services


Based in the University Y, La Línea is a free and confidential community helpline that works to bridge the gap in social services in Champaign County by offering over-the-phone community resource referrals and in-person advocacy counseling. We strive to provide referrals to free or affordable options that match the caller's budget. Services are offered in Spanish, French, and English (other languages may be available on request).

Call us at 217-417-5897 anytime day or night and leave a message with us about any help you need. We'll get back to you within one business day.

The New Americans Initiative is a non-profit partnership between the State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to help you through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, with FREE assistance. The New Americans Initiative also assists Illinois residents in applying for Deferred Action (DACA).

Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of inclusive communities that fully embrace New Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals currently living in the U.S.—more than at any other point in history—it is imperative for the well-being of our communities that all neighbors have opportunities to engage, build mutual understanding and work together to create positive social progress for all.

View the full list of 2017 Welcoming Week events here.


Contact Gloria Yen, New American Program Coordinator of the University YMCA at or at 217.337.1514