Where Louisville Meets the World
Americana Community Center's mission is to provide holistic services to Louisville's refugee, immigrant and underserved population to build strong and healthy families, create a safe and supportive community and help every individual realize their potential. Guided by our core principles; Human Dignity, Social Justice, and Holistic Development, we help bridge the gap from surviving to thriving through education, family support, youth achievement, and career & financial development. Each year, we serve more than 5,000 people from over 100 countries in their pursuits of better days and brighter futures.
Established in 1994 in response to the growing international population in Louisville, Americana Community Center was originally housed in four apartment units, where many of the refugee, immigrant, and low-income families of Louisville were living. The founder of Americana went door to door in the apartment complex, listening to the stories and struggles of the community members. In 2002, with the support of local foundations, we purchased a former school building of 50,000 square feet. Our current location in South Louisville allows us to stay connected to the community and continue offering quality, community-based programs to an underserved population in Louisville.
Americana serves the immigrant, refugee, and low-income communities of Louisville. Our participants face systemic barriers including, limited English, trauma and mental health issues, cultural barriers, interrupted education, non-transferable degrees, limited understanding of US Social Systems, circumstantial, interruption of economic opportunity, and difficulty accessing social services. At Americana, participants navigate their own path from surviving to thriving aided by Americana’s individually tailored and comprehensive programming that reflects the strengths, needs, and expectations of each individual, family, and community.