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Three Houston Nonprofits receive $1 million in federal funds to improve naturalization preparation services

Written by Lindsay Tooker

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded three Houston area nonprofits nearly $1 million as part of a $20 million program to expand naturalization preparation services across 30 states.

Houston-based recipients include:

BakerRipley, $296,420 – citizenship forums and classes

Boat People SOS, $270,000 – naturalization test classes in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, $300,000 – citizenship workshops

The nonprofits were selected for their work to “prepare immigrants for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics,” according to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services news release. Houston’s field office had almost 29,000 pending naturalization applications according to the June 2022 data, the second largest case load in the nation only to Dallas’ office.

Grant funds may be used by the nonprofits through September 2024. publishes every week.
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Lindsay Tooker

Lindsay has worked professionally in the nonprofit world since 2006 in both programmatic and development roles. She graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a BA in Communication, and has specialized in grant writing and fundraising communications for more than five years.
Lindsay is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Junior League.