Resource and Support Services are centered on providing confidential counseling, advocacy & accompaniment. We offer this through one on one and/or group formats focusing on empowerment and building community among all of our immigrant communities.
We are welcoming, collaborative, and committed to diversity.
Who We Are
Sarah Bayer, LICSW
Phone: 617-542-7654 x 14
Siobhan Kelly, LCSW
Phone: 617-542-7654 x 15
Victoria DiCianni, LCSW
phone: 617-542-7654 x 5
Ann Marie Byrne
phone: 617-542-7654 x27
The Rian Immigrant Center offers Resource and Support services to immigrants from around the world. With generous support from the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Programme, we offer extensive support to the Irish immigrant community in New England.
Counseling and Support
Immigrating to a new country can be stressful, and some immigrants who have limited access to health insurance need supportive counseling, evaluation, and referrals, free of charge. Our services are flexible and tailored to clients’ needs, including consultations and longer-term support.
Navigating various systems and institutions can be challenging, especially if one is new to the U.S. We are here to help make sense of these systems and institutions, provide guidance on what individuals and families are eligible for, and connect individuals and families to services and resources as appropriate.
Suicide Prevention and Loss
Our Irish community, both in Boston and in Ireland, experience a high rate of suicide loss. We are committed to helping those with self-harm and/or thoughts of suicide to find support and stability. We are here to provide support around despair and loneliness often associated with suicidal thoughts, and to assist in navigating the very particular grief that losing a friend or family member to suicide can bring.
Health Screenings, Clinics, and Events
In support of a healthy community, we tend to hold free health clinics and workshops. We present films and events focused on mental health, self-care, sobriety, and other topics of interest to the immigrant community.
Irish Language and Cultural Connections
More information about Irish Language classes is coming— please continue to check here for updates!
In collaboration with Cumann na Gaeilge, the Rian Immigrant Center offers Irish language classes. Offered to absolute beginners through intermediate speakers, our classes are fun and welcoming. All of our teachers are native Irish speakers and are committed to keeping the language alive in the Boston community. We welcome students from Ireland, the US, and all around the world, and enjoy hearing the ancient Irish culture come alive! For more information, contact Siobhan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thankful to the following organizations who help us in delivering our programs: CrossCare/Ireland, Cumann na Gaeilge, Cathedral Cares Health Clinics, CIIC Social Services Committee, Greater Boston Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Charitable Irish Society, DMH Multicultural Advisory Committee, Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.
Mental Health Emergency Services: Nationwide- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255)
Domestic Violence Help: SafeLink (877-785-2020)
Support for Trans Community: Trans Lifeline, crisis & non-crisis support (877-565-8860)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: RAINN, 1-800-656-4673
Health Insurance Information: Health Care for All (1-899-272-4232)