Bilingual International Assistant Services is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) organization established in May, 2002 by stateless refugee women. Bilingual International was founded as a response to the unmet needs of foreign-born seniors who had limited ability in the English language, were unable to navigate the intricate system of care, and often voiced fear over their future and livelihood.
In 2005, the agency began serving US-born older adults, who, despite knowledge of English, lacked knowledge of the system of care and resources. Poverty stricken, isolated seniors who were also home bound and frail sought our services to help them improve their living situations, overcome anxieties, and increase their ability to maintain community living.
In 2016, Bilingual International welcomed two long-time partner agencies: the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma and the Places for People Faith Team. These recent additions have enhanced the agency’s service portfolio – especially to refugees and survivors of state-sanctioned torture.
Free of negative bias, we advocate for and encourage legislation that promotes statewide accessible, appropriate health and social services for under-served individuals and populations. Through our services and proven track record, we not only live our mission – we go beyond expectations to help our elderly and foreign-born communities.
There are many reasons why Macklind International Senior Center is popular with the older foreign-born adults we serve, but one of the biggest is certainly the food. Culturally appropriate cuisine prepared fresh, on-site, with nutritious ingredients. Merita and Hajrija work tirelessly to prepare these meals for our participants and to cater to the palate and cultural wishes […]
We are selling these signs for $10 at our office. Hannah Fisher and Gail Thomas handling sales and may be reached at 314-645-7600 ext 100. $5 from each sign sold benefits Bilingual International Assistant Services. They make great gifts for family members and friends! Delivery may be available to limited Mid – County […]
Bilingual International will collaborate with the Missouri History Museum to host a presentation honoring the United Nations designated Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26. This free event will begin at 2:30pm in the Lee Auditorium of the Missouri History Museum and feature a panel of refugee speakers moderated by Refugee Services Team Lead Ron […]
We need your support today, Give STL Day, May 11! Donate Here! For 15 years, Bilingual International has been providing professional multilingual services in the community to immigrants and refugees. From citizenship assistance to health coaching to case management to interpretation to mental health therapy, we work long hours to guarantee equal access to services […]