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Welcome to the Welcoming Michigan Blog! We hope these updates give you a taste of the wonderful activities taking place across Michigan to build immigrant-friendly communities. Please check back frequently for posts!

 

Meet Jennie! She is an awesome leader and truly a welcoming ambassador. She manages a local TimeBank and shares our belief in the power of connecting neighbors to neighbors. Jennie has contributed so much to spreading the message of welcome in Chadsey Condon, a neighborhood of Southwest Detroit, as well as the surrounding communities. Thanks for everything you do Jennie! Here's her story: My name is Jennie, and I love Southwest Detroit! Although I live in Corktown I primarily work in the Chadsey-Condon neighborhood, which has a Welcoming effort. I identify as black Irish.

My name is Daliesha and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. The maternal side of my family migrated from Bolivar, Tennessee. My maternal great granddad was African American and Native American (Cherokee). My grandmother moved to Detroit after she graduated from high school to gain a better paying job. I moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor on a journey to pursue a college degree. Living in Ann Arbor has provided me with the opportunity to mix with people of different nationalities. I have met people from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Have you met Hanan Yahya, a member of the Welcoming Chadsey Condon group? She says "cultural competency is vital to creating a more vibrant and healthy community". Here is her story: "I was born the eighth child of nine in my hometown of Yemen. Yemen is an Arab country located in the Middle East, north of Saudi Arabia and east of Oman. My father emigrated from Yemen to Dearborn, MI in order to escape the hardship we were enduring. Once arrived and settled in Dearborn, he began to work for the auto industry. Once my father was established he was able to send for the remainder of our family.

Have you ever been to a naturalization ceremony? It is a very moving and inspiring experience. Sterling Heights recently held their 4th annual Naturalization Ceremony in conjunction with Sterlingfest. The event is hosted by the City's Ethnic Community Committee, whose motto is "One City Many Cultures." Joined by friends & family, 41 local residents gathered to become citizens, hailing from Albania, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Montenegro, Pakistan, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - get to know your Asian Pacific American neighbors! Check out these local and national resources to learn more about the Asian Pacific American community and find local events happening near you.

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Meet Jennie! She is an awesome leader and truly a welcoming ambassador. She manages a local TimeBank and shares our belief in the power of connecting neighbors to neighbors.

My name is Daliesha and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. The maternal side of my family migrated from Bolivar, Tennessee. My maternal great granddad was African American and Native American (Cherokee).

Have you met Hanan Yahya, a member of the Welcoming Chadsey Condon group? She says "cultural competency is vital to creating a more vibrant and healthy community". Here is her story: "I was born the eighth child of nine in my hometown of Yemen.

Have you ever been to a naturalization ceremony? It is a very moving and inspiring experience. Sterling Heights recently held their 4th annual Naturalization Ceremony in conjunction with Sterlingfest.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - get to know your Asian Pacific American neighbors! Check out these local and national resources to learn more about the Asian Pacific American community and find local events happening near you.

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