This is a guest blog entry from Jennie, one of our most dedicated partners and a Welcoming Committee member in Chadsey Condon. Jennie reflects on one of our recent Welcoming Week activities, a Mexican cooking class in Chadsey Condon, southwest Detroit. This was the first in a series of classes; join us again on October 17 for to learn how to make an Arabic dish, November 7 for Soul Food, and December 11 for Italian! "Maria and her daughter Everlin taught a cooking class teaching how to make sopes (a traditional Mexican dish, and a family favorite).

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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