Resource and Support Services

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.

We provide compassionate, confidential care, specializing in therapeutic support for emotional and mental health needs including depression and anxiety, substance use and recovery, and trauma and crisis management. We help individuals access health insurance and foster community building among our Irish clients through Irish language classes, workshops, and events. We are welcoming, inclusive, and committed to diversity. We support LGBTQ+ communities and people living with disabilities.

Who We Are

Lea Vugic, LICSW

phone: 617-542-7654 x14

Siobhan Kelly
phone: 617-542-7654 x15

Mental Health and Emotional 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.

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 relief and stability. We are here to triage a crisis, combat the despair and loneliness often associated with suicidal thoughts, and to navigate the very particular grief that losing a friend or family member to suicide can bring.

Substance Use and Recovery

There is a high correlation between substance use and depression. We can help individuals and families plan and achieve sobriety, tailoring a recovery plan to fit their needs. We offer a pathway to change, working with primary care doctors, Alcoholics Anonymous, local hospitals and day programs. We are inspired by our clients and their commitment to reach out to help others along the way.

Health Screenings, Clinics, and Events

In support of a healthy community, we hold free flu shot clinics and oral hygiene workshops. We present films and events focused on mental health, self-care, sobriety, and other topics of interest to the immigrant community.

Reaching the Community

“Matters of Substance” is a bi-monthly column focused on emotional health and recovery, which is published in the Boston Irish Reporter and in the Rian Immigrant Center newsletters. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Read our most recent “Matters of Substance” article here

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

Our Partners

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.

Helpful Resources

Mental Health Emergency Services: Nationwide- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255)

Recovery Services and Substance Use: Mayor’s Office of Boston (617-635-4500 or 311), AA Boston (617-426-9444), and Learn 2 Cope: for families managing opioid use, peer support (508-801-3247).

Domestic Violence Help: SafeLink (877-785-2020)

Support for Trans CommunityTrans Lifeline, crisis & non-crisis support (877-565-8860)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: RAINN, 1-800-656-4673

Health Insurance Information: Health Care for All ( 899-272-4232)