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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!

 

January 2012, Southeast Michigan - Welcoming Michigan has been busy! Our Southeast Michigan Communities Coordinator, Christine Sauvé, started the year off by reaching out to community leaders and forming Welcoming committees in Sterling Heights, Hamtramck, and Chadsey Condon in southwest Detroit. These leadership teams are made up of volunteers from community organizations, faith communities, service providers, educators, students, business leaders, law enforcement, and city government staff. They are phenomenal and have been busy planning welcoming activities for their communities.

Everyone here at Welcoming Michigan is looking forward to our official launch on Monday, May 7th, 2012! We were so excited when Michigan became the 13th affiliate of Welcoming America and couldn’t wait to get going on the ground. We are pleased to announce that our community coordinators have been busy starting things off in three communities in southeast Michigan and one community on the west side of the state. As time goes on we hope to expand our efforts to other communities across the state.

Welcoming Michigan is the only statewide initiative that seeks to transform the immigration conversation to one of respect and dignity towards all Michiganders. We plan to accomplish this by creating opportunities for neighbors to get together and learn about each other. Bringing immigrants and non-immigrants together to share their stories is one way to foster greater understanding. And building relationships between neighbors will help us create stronger and safer communities.

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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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