Meelia Center logo with "A" shield with text reading "Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Saint Anselm College" on left, Community Center logo with shield with hands and figures and text reading "Community Center at Saint Raphael Parish, Manchester, New Hampshire" on right

The Community Center at Saint Raphael Parish offers vital resources and support to the Westside of Manchester. With a mission to uplift and empower refugee and immigrant families, the center offers critical services to the surrounding community.

This impactful initiative is a result of funds received from a congressional bill signed in December 2022. This grant was awarded to the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, Campus Ministry, and Saint Raphael Parish to coordinate and deliver programs that connect refugee and immigrant families with services like childcare, health care, mental health services, job training and financial assistance. 

Saint Anselm students can engage in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Assisting in food pantry
  • Working in childcare center
  • Cleaning and organization projects

Saint Raphael was founded by the Benedictine monks of Saint Anselm Abbey in 1888 to serve German and Irish immigrants and continues as a parish in the West End of Manchester sponsored by the Benedictines to this day.


Location: Saint Raphael Parish, 103 Walker St., Manchester, NH 03102

We serve the community in so many different ways, from translation services, helping with immigration and refugee forms, and setting up doctor's appointments to securing apartments. We also offer cooking classes and teach how to navigate an American grocery store.

— Kat O’Laughlin '10, Director of the Community Center
Saint Anselm students sitting in the community center