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. 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.
Americana believes human dignity is not limited by geography, culture, language or ethnicity. Americana provides programs that promote social justice through holistic development, in order to preserve and retain the innate value of human dignity; most especially in its expressions of human diversity.
Our holistic approach to social services ensures that as many basic needs are met as possible at the Americana Community Center.
The five primary components of Family Education programs are: (1) Interactive literacy activities between parents and their children (2) Empowering parents as the primary teacher for their children by giving tools for them to fully participate in the education of their children (3) Parent literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency (4) An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences (5) Family Coaching where parents meet with coaches to set and achieve individualized goals.
Americana's Family Education is offered Monday-Thursday during the school year in both the morning and evening to provide options for parents who work full-time and who have preschool-aged children. The Family Education Program is geared towards kindergarten readiness for the 0-5 age groups.
Americana's offers an after school program during the school year, and a summer program during the months of June and July. Both programs provide child care, academic and recreational enrichment, and meal times.
The Fiberworks program supports women in the development of entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Participants determine their own projects, choose events and dates to sell the products with the support of the Fiberworks coordinator, and work as a group to meet their goals. These leadership opportunities provide a sense of confidence, community, success, and dignity to participants, as well as practical business skills and supplementary income from sales. Participants receive compensation for their work, and can begin to develop their talents to form economic security for their families and break the cycle of poverty.
Our garden provides essential food access and security immigrants, refugees, and underserved families in our community. These spaces offer access to fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate produce that might be costly or unavailable at grocery stores. Additionally, many international gardeners, drawing on their family farming backgrounds, appreciate the chance to share generational agricultural knowledge with their children. Growing, preparing, and enjoying familiar foods fosters a sense of belonging and continuity in their new home. These empowered communal spaces support community food security and facilitate the exchange of intergenerational knowledge, promoting stability in a community grappling with the persistent challenges of poverty.