Americana World Community Center is bridging the gap from surviving to thriving for Louisville’s refugee, immigrant and underserved populations through education, family support, youth achievement, and career and financial development.
Each year, we serve more than 5,000 people from over 100 countries in their pursuits of better days and brighter futures.
We give them roots.
So they can begin to thrive.
Americana’s mission is to provide holistic services to Louisville’s refugee, immigrant and underserved population to build strong and healthy families, create a safe and supportive community and help every individual realize their potential.
We believe in human dignity and social justice and that every human is created equal. We believe that a holistic approach with a focus on education will develop a strong community and family structure and break the cycle of poverty.
Americana Community Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Established in 1990 in response to the growing international population in Louisville, partially due to increased refugee resettlement in the city, Americana was originally housed in four apartment units, where many of the refugee, immigrant, and low-income families of Louisville were living. The founder of Americana went door to door in the apartment complex, listening to the stories and struggles of the community members. From there, Americana’s community-based programs were born.
In 2002, with the support of local foundations, we purchased a former school building of 50,000 square feet. All programs and services were moved to the new location, and Americana was able to expand its programs to serve a greater number of our neighbors. The neighborhood where we are located in South Louisville is 51% foreign-born and 37% live below the poverty line. This location allows us to stay connected to the community and continue offering quality, community-based programs to an underserved population in Louisville.
Our programs are designed to enable people to overcome the challenges of integrating into a new community and living below the poverty line. Learn more about what we do.
Meet the team who support our participants every day.
Our vision is to create a vibrant, safe, multicultural environment for families and children with places for learning, playing, growing, sharing, socializing and connecting.