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Center For Southeast Asians

270 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

(401) 274-8811



The mission of the Center for Southeast Asians (CSEA) is to promote the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island

Assists new Americans in the areas of social and economic independence and creating greater access to education and healthcare services. SEDC's social service programs include Project Early Start for families with children, 0-3 years old; Elderly Services for seniors, Minority Health Youth and Family Services which include middle school students and their parents. ESL/Citizenship classes available; also tobacco, substance abuse, gang and pregnancy programs.

International Language Bank provides fee-for-service, 24/7 translation and interpretation in over 40 languages.

Primary Services:

  • Affordable Care Act Insurance Information/Counseling  [Show Definition Details]

  • Community Economic Development and Finance  [Show Definition Details]

  • English as a Second Language  [Show Definition Details]

  • Language Interpretation  [Show Definition Details]

  • VITA Programs  [Show Definition Details]

General Information


Office Mon-Fri 8:30AM-4:30PM
VITA 2021: Jan 25-Dec 31; Mon-Tues 10:00AM-2:00PM, Wed-Thu 3:00PM-7:00PM; Closed Holidays

Intake Process:

Contact by phone or email for most services and classes
VITA 2021: Call Kannyka Pouk 401-274-8811 to schedule an appointment
***COVID19: will purchase ethnic/culturally appropriate food and deliver for those who are housebound. Center for Southeast Asians is currently suspending all direct service programs to clients. Our staff is working remotely and we can be reached via our 24-hour line at 401-871-5633. Due to the challenging circumstances facing our community, we cannot predict the timeline when we will fully operate. We will wait and monitor the decision from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the governor, and the R.I. Department of Health. Our community health and wellbeing is our utmost priority.

Program Fees:

Varies by Program


Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian and Vietnamese


Southeast Asians, their families and other community members

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