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Southern Missourians of all backgrounds find common purpose during pandemic

In 2020, Welcoming America and its members worked in eight cities to bridge diverse communities and foster a deeper sense of belonging for local residents, including immigrants. This story is part of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign, which was funded in part by the Walmart Foundation.  At 59, Maria de Lordes looks back at…

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Inclusive economic recovery: bridging the digital divide, language access gaps in Contra Costa County

As the U.S. continues to recover from some of the worst of the pandemic, Welcoming Network members worked in communities to make the recovery process as inclusive as possible. This is the final of three blogs written by Global Detroit on behalf of Welcoming America that share the challenges, solutions, and possibilities of inclusive economic…

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Inclusive economic recovery: Sparking immigrant entrepreneurship in California’s Central Valley

As the U.S. economy faced uneven recovery timelines from the coronavirus pandemic – with some sectors enduring complete shutdown while others experienced slow recoveries – many immigrant communities encountered additional stresses from the lack of access to services and federal relief funding. This includes immigrants living in the Central Valley of California. Approximately 900,000 immigrants…

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Emerson YMCA, Our Lady of Guadalupe School help kids through pandemic, shared effort

In 2020, Welcoming America and its members worked in eight cities to bridge diverse communities and foster a deeper sense of belonging for local residents, including immigrants. This story is part of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign, which was funded in part by the Walmart Foundation.  Where do we find healing during troubled times?…

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A safe space: New and established Louisville residents talk preconceptions, build connections (and houses)

In 2020, Welcoming America and its members worked in eight cities to bridge diverse communities and foster a deeper sense of belonging for local residents, including immigrants. This story is part of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign, which was funded in part by the Walmart Foundation. With a good job as a hotel manager,…

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Creating a new home, deeper belonging together in Maine

In 2020, Welcoming America and its members worked in eight cities to bridge diverse communities and foster a deeper sense of belonging for local residents, including immigrants. This story is part of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign, which was funded in part by the Walmart Foundation.  Zoe Sahloul was seven years old when war…

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Inclusive economic recovery: How Atlanta built trust with immigrant leaders, community navigators through a pandemic

As the U.S. continues to recover from some of the worst parts of the pandemic, Welcoming Network members worked in communities to make the recovery process as inclusive as possible. This is the first of three blogs written by Global Detroit on behalf of Welcoming America that share the challenges, solutions, and possibilities of inclusive…

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Masks on, arms open: Milwaukee nonprofits foster new connections in the heart of the pandemic

In 2020, Welcoming America and its members worked in eight cities to bridge diverse communities and foster a deeper sense of belonging for local residents, including immigrants. This story is part of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign, which was funded in part by the Walmart Foundation. At a time when a pandemic isolated Americans,…

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Salisbury sets out to welcome immigrants and build community on Maryland’s eastern shore

Known as the Capital of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury lies on the southern end of the Delmarva peninsula which juts 170 miles into the Chesapeake Bay and has a culture that is more akin to the South than its Northern metropolitan neighbors. The growing city of 32,000 residents was historically a majority white city, but…

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