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Welcoming America announces financial support to local communities committed to improving translation and interpretation services in emergency management As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt communities, local leaders have stepped up as models of trustworthy and effective communication. However, they still need help putting inclusive emergency management into practice so all residents receive, understand, and participate in the recovery process. ...

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Being welcoming is more than being tolerant—it’s having a true respect and appreciation for our neighbors and making sure that, in our culture and in our policies, everyone belongs. Unfortunately, the recent events in Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN, and Brunswick, GA show that we still have a long way to go to being a truly welcoming America.  ...

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Member Spotlight: Strategic language access is key to crises in Aurora, CO

Welcoming America | May 13, 2020

Parade of Nations at GLOBAL FEST, an annual event that celebrates the diversity of Aurora, CO. Credit: City of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing the stories and experiences of the Welcoming Network in responding to the crisis in their communities as well as the challenges facing immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations. This week, we hear from Ricardo Gambetta-Alvarado, Manager of the Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, City of Aurora, CO. COVID-19 has disrupted daily life all over the ...

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Member Spotlight: Responding to COVID-19 in meat processing communities

Welcoming America | May 8, 2020

Kate (right) delivering food to families in quarantine in southwest Kansas. Credit: Emma Showalter

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing the stories and experiences of the Welcoming Network in responding to the crisis in their communities as well as the challenges facing immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations. This week, we hear from Kate Schieferecke, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager at the Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas. COVID-19 has disrupted daily life all over the world. What ...

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