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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!

 

July 2012, Hartford, Michigan - “When Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives.” Welcoming Michigan is pleased to announce that our second billboard is up in Hartford on I-94W, two miles west of the exit for Hartford. It is so exciting to see our welcoming message visible on such a large scale in SW MI! We hope to post more billboard messages in the near future, please contact one of our community coordinators if you are interested in donating to this effort!

July 2012, Sterling Heights, Michigan - “When Michigan welcomes immigrants, Michigan thrives.” Welcoming Michigan is pleased to announce that we now have a billboard up in Sterling Heights at 16 mile and Van Dyke. It is so exciting to see a positive welcoming message visible on such a large scale! We hope to post more billboard messages in the near future, please contact one of our community coordinators if you are interested in donating to this effort!

July 2012, Sterling Heights, MI - On Saturday July 21st Welcoming Michigan, Catholic Services of Macomb, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services), Chaldean American Ladies of Charity, Chaldean Community Foundation, and Chaldean Outreach and Community Hope (COACH) came together to host a picnic in honor of World Refugee Day. This annual event is an opportunity to honor refugees and celebrate the many gifts they bring to our communities.

July 2012, Hamtramck, MI - On Saturday July 14th Welcoming Michigan joined with the Hamtramck Police and Fire Departments and Hamtramck Rec Department to host a Public Safety Day Festival in front of city hall. Kids of all ages enjoyed checking out the squad cars, getting pictures taken with Elmo, and eating free ice cream! Representatives from the Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition, Hamtramck Community Initiative, and Neighborhood Watch were on hand to share information and residents received free VIN etching services.

July 2012, Chadsey Condon, Detroit, Mi - We began filming in Chadsey Condon for a neighborhood video project highlighting the immigration and migration stories of local residents. It has been fascinating to hear first-hand the history of the area and the stories of how folks came to live in Chadsey Condon, whether they moved up north from Georgia or across the ocean from Yemen. The final film will be screened August 10 at dusk at Bridging Communities’ Movies on the Green event. Check it out and support the community!

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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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