Our History

Since our inception in July of 1985—over thirty years ago—The Alliance (Alliance for Multicultural Community Services) has transformed the lives of countless refugees, immigrants, and other neighbors in need. Follow the pathway below to learn more about The Alliance’s history!

 

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The Alliance Founders

July 1985

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services is founded through a union of Cambodian, Ethiopian, Laotian and Vietnamese refugee organizations

January 1986

The agency is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under the name of Refugee Services Alliance; begins to offer adjustment counseling services to refugees in Harris County

October 1986

Begins offering employment & self-sufficiency services

October 1991

The Alliance becomes a Resettlement Agency affiliated with ECDC (Ethiopian Community Development Council) which has a cooperative agreement with the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement

1995

The interpretation program launches, later to be known as the Alliance Language Network. The Alliance also introduces Adult Education and Workforce Training programs

April 1999

The agency changes its name from Refugee Services Alliance (RSA) to Alliance for Multicultural Community Services. Became the first nonprofit in the nation to open a Driver’s Education program for refugees

2001

The Alliance begins providing youth services with our Youth Empowerment program. In 2002, the at-risk youth project expands to become the Kijana Youth Program and includes academic and tutorial support, summer job placement, and other services

April 2004

The Alliance buys its own building to house the agency

November 2004

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services is ranked among the top 25 charitable non-profits organizations in the Greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal

September 2009

The Alliance becomes the largest resettlement agency in Texas. Opens Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) and SBA Microlending Program

December 2016

Alliance Language Network and Driver's Education programs evolve into social enterprise business units

The Community Cloth

June 2017

The Community Cloth becomes a microenterprise program of The Alliance after merging with the agency

April 2018

The agency rebrands with a new logo and formally transitions to the name The Alliance