Our History

Since our inception in July of 1985—over thirty years ago—Alliance for Multicultural Community Services has transformed the lives of countless refugees. Follow the pathway below to learn more about Alliance’s history!

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

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

April 1999

The agency changes its name from Refugee Services Alliance (RSA) to Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (AMCS)

April 2004

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

Alliance becomes the largest resettlement agency in Texas

December 2016

Alliance Language Network and AMCS Driving School programs evolve into social enterprise business units

June 2017

The Community Cloth becomes an Alliance program after merging with the agency