Christa Yoakum

Immigrants bring hard work, creative ideas to U.S. economy

Last week Marketplace Money, a public radio program focusing on business and the economy, highlighted the positive effects immigration has on our nation and our economy. Two immigrants, Mario Escobar, originally from El Salvador, and Jose Luis Zelaya, from Honduras, described the trials they have gone through in their pursuit of the American dream. Escobar, …

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Welcoming Conference looks to create friendly communities for new Americans

A growing number of communities are recognizing the economic and social benefits of welcoming and engaging immigrant residents. Last week, 20 Welcoming America affiliates from communities in states near and far met to discuss diverse strategies for creating welcoming communities. Detroit is creating opportunities for immigrant and long-term neighbors to get to know one another in neighborhoods. …

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Omaha Celebrates National Welcoming Week

During Omaha Diversity Week and the first ever National Welcoming Week, activities in Omaha and around the country recognized efforts of inclusivity and inspiring others to welcome immigrant neighbors into the workplace and the community. Throughout Omaha, in business, in city government, and in community celebrations and social groups, Omahans recognized the contributions of immigrant …

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You’re Welcome in Omaha Celebrates National Welcoming Week

This week, You’re Welcome in Omaha will join Welcoming America affiliates across the country to celebrate the first National Welcoming Week. Across Omaha, throughout schools, public places and businesses, posters designed by local artists will spread a message of “Welcome” in many languages. Other community activities will be posted at NebraskaIsHome.org More than 20 Omaha …

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Nebraska Is Home to Summer Festivals Celebrating Many Cultural Traditions

Nebraska is alive through the summer with festivals where arts and traditions that give us pride in our heritage can be shared with friends and neighbors. Last weekend’s Omaha Heritage Festival offered a way for neighbors to meet one another and share music, food, and friendship from countries around the world. For generations, Omaha and …

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Saying Hello to New Neighbors & Building Strong, Healthy Communities

How can we welcome new neighbors? Over twenty-five young people met last week in Omaha to get to know each other and to talk about just that. They laughed together, ate together and found they have a lot in common. Some of the students were born in Sudan or Ethiopia, others were born in Texas …

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Appleseed Initiative Part of National Campaign

What says “welcome” and “I am glad to know” you more than opening your home to 45 strangers, most from another country? Last evening, in an Omaha house laden with colorful Christmas lights and amid glass snowmen and snow globes, an Omaha family offered their home and hospitality to generations of immigrants from Guatemala so …

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