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#BelongingBeginsWithUs: A look back at Welcoming Week 2021

This year, as many of us continued to socially distance ourselves, Welcoming Week still served as a time of celebration and reflection. Under the theme of “Belonging Begins With Us”, Welcoming Week inspired communities to consider what belonging for all looks like, especially for those from other countries, but also for those experiencing a changing…

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“Welcome to the U.S.A. – You’re Hired!”: A Foreword

Editor’s note: This foreword was republished with permission from Betsy Cohen, author of the book “Welcome to the U.S.A. You’re Hired: A Guide for Foreign-born People Seeking Jobs” which released in September 2021. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cohen is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project of the World Trade Center-St. Louis, a Welcoming Network…

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Reflecting on the 20th anniversary of 9/11

As Welcoming Week 2021 kicks off this week with joyous celebrations across the world — virtually and in-person — we also take a moment of silence today to reflect on the lives lost on September 11, 2001. I recall 9/11 vividly, when the world changed irrevocably. Sitting at my desk across the Potomac River, I…

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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…

Connected Communities, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees, Stories of Impact
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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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Creating the table: Using food to foster belonging during Welcoming Week

The Nashville Food Project, a Welcoming Network member, works to bring people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food. Check out how they plan on celebrating #WelcomingWeek2021 using the recently published Taste of Belonging cookbook.  As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, we must consider how to heal and connect with one another…

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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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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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