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.

In honor of Pesach and Easter, here are some resources from religious teachings on how we can welcome the stranger: "For I was...a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35) "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

"As a worker at a shelter for homeless women and children I worked with the social services coordinator to welcome a homeless Mexican family into our shelter. 'Monica's' husband had been deported. She and her U.S. citizen children, 'Amy' age 7, 'Lori' age, 5 and 'Jenna' age 2 had no where safe to live. 'Monica' spoke little English. She and her three girls were welcomed with open arms and received free clothing, food, transportation, medical services and day care services. 'Monica' has since improved in speaking English by taking free ESL classes.

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