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

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

Connected Communities, Stories of Impact, Welcoming Week
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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…

Connected Communities, Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership, Stories of Impact
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How to Get Started with Welcoming Week 

Welcoming Week is just two months away! Whether it’s your first time participating or you’re a seasoned veteran, it’s time to start brainstorming ways to engage. Whether you plan a community event or share your thoughts on social media, anyone who engages with Welcoming Week is taking a bold step in fostering welcoming communities for…

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This World Refugee Day, learning something new about refugee resettlement

Today is World Refugee Day! First held by the United Nations in 2001, World Refugee Day honors refugees and “celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape persecution” (UNHCR). Welcoming America recently hosted a series of webinars with Boston University on refugee resettlement strategies to…

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Celebrating #ImmigrantHeritageMonth through food, history, and belonging.

Valerie Mills is senior program manager at Atlanta’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (Welcoming Atlanta) and immigrated to the U.S from Ghana. Valerie shares her recipe for Palaver Sauce or Nkontomire, a Ghanaian delicacy from West Africa. It is traditionally prepared with the leaves of the cocoyam plant. Palaver colloquially means “troublesome” and it was said…

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Meet the #WomenOfWelcoming

Amy Eusebio (Philadelphia, PA) Amy Eusebio is the Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs. A proud first-generation American, Afro-Latina, and daughter of Dominican immigrants, Amy has been a warrior for welcoming in the City of Brotherly Love. Dr. Gail R. Christopher Speaker, social change agent, healer, and public health expert, Dr….

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A gap in the system: creating more inclusive emergency management practices

Hurricane Katrina, the Flint, MI water crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. These are just a few examples of events that disproportionately impacted minority and marginalized communities. Inequality in emergency management doesn’t end there, disasters have been shown to increase inequality long after the storm has passed or the environmental contamination has been addressed. Creating an inclusive infrastructure and…

Equitable Access
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Vaccine hesitancy in immigrant communities: Your questions answered

On February 17, we hosted a webinar titled “Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Immigrant Communities” with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic, local governments, and more. Due to the overwhelming interest in this topic, we’ve compiled the questions submitted by webinar attendees that were not answered in the Q&A portion,…

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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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A Play-By-Play: Global Detroit’s 2020 Election Sprint

Election rules can be hard, but helping our communities vote can be easy and our efforts have never been more needed. Policies important to immigrant and refugee communities will be impacted by the 2020 elections across America and here in Michigan. With the stakes high, the COVID-19 pandemic has diminished the bench of poll workers…

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