Adult Literacy & Access


How We Can Help

We can help you file for unemployment, update your resume, apply for jobs, and prepare for an interview.

We offer citizenship application assistance. We can help you with your citizenship application and connect you to a free attorney if you need one. After you've become a citizen, we can help you to register to vote and give your information about your voting rights.

We are offering Beginner English, English for Citizenship, Citizenship/Computer Lab and computer lessons over the phone, tablet, or computer. If you need assistance finding low-cost devices, affordable internet connectivity, or help getting on Zoom, contact our Digital Navigators at 215-867-9732 (call/text) or digital@seamaac.org.

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SEAMAAC conducts case management services and workshops and resources for Philadelphia’s diverse immigrant/refugee communities.

  • Community Meetings are held on a variety of topics including: where to access free tax services, citizenship, unemployment benefits, mental health topics such as, trauma, and Know Your Rights information sessions
  • Job Readiness Workshops that help clients and community members learn how to apply to specific job opportunities, prepare for an interview, and resume writing.
  • Local Employer Workshops like the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Aerotek, and Lowe’s have held sessions on how to apply to their business and what they look for in prospective employees.
  • Donation and Clothing Drives
  • Community Outreach Events
  • Naturalization Application assistance
Contact: Lois Seffu, Adult Literacy & Access Coordinator at lseffu@seamaac.org or 215-436-9563

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ESL & Digital Literacy




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SEAMAAC supports immigrant and refugee adult learners and their families to achieve their educational goals. Programs include:

  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Citizenship Test Preparation classes
  • Digital Literacy classes
  • Computer Lab
  • Family Literacy activities
Contact: Jeanine Campbell, ESL & Digital Literacy Instructor at jcampbell@seamaac.org or (267) 223-5236

Health Access



SEAMAAC engages immigrant and refugee community members around health care access and health insurance enrollment in Philadelphia. In addition to the specific services we provide to clients, SEAMAAC works with health partners in advocacy to improve language access and cultural sensitivity in health settings, particularly in medical systems. We provide the following services:

  • Workshops on Health Insurance Enrollment
  • Our Outreach Workers provide support to apply for, understand and navigate health insurance, both public (Medicare and Medicaid) and private (Marketplace) systems. Our trained Navigators assist clients with ACA healthcare enrollment throughout the year, with added service and workshops during Open Enrollment.
  • SEAMAAC understands the importance of preventative screening, especially among low-income Asian immigrant and refugee women. Our Outreach Workers help clients set up and receive mammography and gynecological exams every year.
  • Advocacy to improve language access and cultural sensitivity in medical settings
  • Through our work with the Friends of Mifflin Square Park group, we’re supporting efforts to promote physical activity among youths of the Mifflin Square Park communities.



Safe Families: Domestic Violence Services



SEAMAAC raises awareness and engages Asian immigrant and refugee community members around intimate partner and family violence. We work to increase safety, healing and healthy family dynamics. Our services address needs on the individual, interpersonal, community and policy level.

  • Our staff provide individual case management, resource navigation and safety planning for clients.
  • We provide outreach and workshops on healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics to educate and increase awareness in communities we work with.
  • SEAMAAC is also a member of the Shared Safety, an initiative from the mayor’s office to address domestic violence by bringing in government agencies and community-based agencies to the table. Our voice and presence in Shared Safety is in advocacy of needs and connecting resources specific to the immigrant and refugee communities
Contact: Donna Backues, Community and Family Wellness Coordinator at dbackues@seamaac.org or 215-467-0690 x. 161

Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services



Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services: SEAMAAC creates a positive experience of aging for Asian immigrant and refugee elders by improving their mental health and emotional well-being. Services include:

  • Our Outreach Workers provide individual case management in connecting elders to public and private resources.
  • We hold weekly Elders’ Gathering at Bok building, an opportunity for Asian elders across multiple cultures in the community to socialize and interact with one another.
  • Empowerment is an important piece within the work we do with our elders. Any decisions made include feedback and consideration from the Elders’ Council.
  • We also provide activities for our elders, such as arts and crafts, Healthy Living Workshops and field-trips.
Contact: Donna Backues, Community and Family Wellness Coordinator at dbackues@seamaac.org or 215-467-0690 x. 161

Fighting Covid-19



Important Things to Know:

  • Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccinations are available at the Wyss Wellness Center in the Bok building at 1902 S 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19148
  • Appointments for vaccinations are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 2pm-8pm, and walk-ins are welcome from 2pm-7pm.
  • Vaccines are FREE and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. No ID, referral, appointment, or insurance is required.
  • All vaccine recipients must be at least 12 years of age.
  • Schedule an appointment at JeffersonHealth.org/mobilevaccine or call: 215-512-2173 for help.