Russian Community Association of Massachusetts
305-B Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA
Contact: Mr. Sergey Bologov
The Russian Community Association of Massachusetts,
Inc. (Formerly North Shore Self-Help Association of New Americans)
was founded in 1991 as a self-help organization to serve Russian-speaking
refugees resettling in Massachusetts. RCAM's bilingual/bicultural
board, staff and volunteers are themselves refugees and have years
of personal experience in providing much needed services to the
Russian refugee community.
Community estimates set the Russian-speaking population in Massachusetts
at 95,000. This group is primarily comprised of Jews, who tend to
live in the Boston area, and evangelical Christians, who have largely
settled in the Springfield area. Both groups migrated since 1987
to escape from religious persecution. Many newcomers from the former
Soviet Union are older than other refugee/immigrant populations
and fairly educated.
To assist Russian refugees with integration into
American society, to make bridges between new Americans and natives
by promoting self-sufficiency and cross cultural understanding,
and to maintain values in the community of origin.
To accomplish this, RCAM defines its goals: "To facilitate
the acculturation and integration processes; to provide social service,
economical and other community needs not being met by the resettlement
agencies; and to enhance individual and family life in the community".
RCAM has worked with the Russian community and
other service agencies to provide social services, economic development,
cultural celebrations and community advocacy.
Services include: Information and referral services, translating
and interpreting, casework and advocacy, housing mediations and
RCAM also publishes a free monthly magazine "The Russian Community
Journal", with a circulation of 10,000 copies, and produces
two Russian language weekly programs on public access television
stations in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Swampscott, and Lynn.