Serving Immigrants and Refugees since 1921

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our strength lies in the diversity of our clients and services. Since NSC’s founding in 1921, our mission has been to help immigrants and refugees participate fully in American society.

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Nationalities Service Center (NSC) Receives Unprecedented $1M Organizational Transformation Grant

In an historic and generous demonstration of support, an anonymous donor has confirmed a donation of $1 million to Nationalities Service Center (NSC). This is the largest single gift from an individual in NSC’s long and storied history. According to Margaret M. O’Sullivan, Executive Director of NSC, “This gift is a breathtaking expression of generosity. It demonstrates the kind of informed, strategic and authentically empathetic kind of giving that we hope will inspire others to recognize how much this organization is doing to provide a dignified response to the extraordinary challenges which face the immigrants and refugees that we are privileged to serve.”

This transformational gift is one that the donor hopes will make a “real difference to the organization” for the purpose of helping both the staff and people it serves. “We are just blown away by the incredible generosity of this donor. A gift of this caliber will help to situate us for continued growth in the upcoming years, while maintaining high-quality services for our clients and sufficient investment into our staff,” says Alicia Roch Karr, Board Chair. The organization’s recent expansion has enabled its services to impact more clients, but at a significant cost to NSC’s long-term sustainability. This donation is an investment in the sustainability and future of NSC, offering financial support in the areas of staff investment, debt reduction, capital improvements to the operational headquarters, and the creation of a restricted Reserve Account to shore up NSC’s financial position for the long term.


Screening and Panel Discussion of Which Way Home

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00PM
Nationalities Service Center
1216 Arch Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


As part of the Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia, NSC will host a screening of Which Way Home. This award-winning documentary portrays the difficult journey of child migrants as they travel through Mexico to the U.S. on a freight train. The story is told through the eyes of the courageous children who undertake this dangerous and desperate journey in hopes of reaching family and carving out a better life. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by the staff of NSC, as well as individuals who have personally experienced traveling, unaccompanied, to the United States.

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