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From Syria to Idaho to California: Reflections from a virtual cooking class

By George Zavala, Western Regional Manager, Welcoming America Since September, the Idaho Office for Refugees, a Welcoming Network member, has offered cross-culinary kits and virtual cooking classes as part of a six-month series led by Boise residents with refugee and immigrant backgrounds. I was lucky enough to attend a class taught by Shadi Ismail, a…

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Resilient Responders: Engaging immigrant leaders, sharing facts through videos in Ohio

As the pandemic began escalating in early 2020, the Welcoming Network mobilized in communities from Vermont to Texas to meet the pressing and often overlooked needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Through our Resilient Rapid Response Initiative, see how our members rose to the occasion and responded to community needs in this “Resilient Responders” blog…

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Strengthening connections, financial access in Vermont through COVID-19

As the pandemic began escalating in early 2020, the Welcoming Network mobilized in communities from Vermont to Texas to meet the pressing and often overlooked needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Through our Resilient Rapid Response Initiative, see how our members rose to the occasion and responded to community needs in this “Resilient Responders” blog…

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Resilient Responders: Changing the language access game in Tennessee

As the pandemic began escalating in early 2020, the Welcoming Network mobilized in communities from Vermont to Texas to meet the pressing and often overlooked needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Through our Resilient Rapid Response Initiative, see how our members rose to the occasion and responded to community needs in this “Resilient Responders” blog…

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Resilient Responders: Making COVID-19 information, transit updates more accessible in St. Louis

As the pandemic began escalating in early 2020, the Welcoming Network mobilized in communities from Vermont to Texas to meet the pressing and often overlooked needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Through our Resilient Rapid Response Initiative, see how our members rose to the occasion and responded to community needs in this “Resilient Responders” blog…

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Maximizing funds, community partnerships in Texas through COVID-19

As the pandemic began escalating in early 2020, the Welcoming Network mobilized in communities from Vermont to Texas to meet the pressing and often overlooked needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Through our Resilient Rapid Response Initiative, see how our members rose to the occasion and responded to community needs in this “Resilient Responders” blog…

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Mobilizing immigrant mothers in Georgia to sew masks, spread facts

As the pandemic began escalating in early 2020, the Welcoming Network mobilized in communities from Vermont to Texas to meet the pressing and often overlooked needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Through our Resilient Rapid Response Initiative, see how our members rose to the occasion and responded to community needs in this “Resilient Responders” blog…

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Exploring immigrant and grassroots entrepreneurship with GigRoots podcast

Recently, Welcoming America and its members participated in a podcast series with GigRoots. Hosted by Ethan Daly, who by day is the U.S. Regional Director of Partners Worldwide and based in Grand Rapids, MI, the GigRoots podcast is part of an “online marketplace and community bringing together entrepreneurs from all different cultures and backgrounds to sell…

Economic Development, Stories of Impact
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Strategic language access is key to crises in Aurora, CO

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…

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

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…

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