Welcoming Conference looks to create friendly communities for new Americans

Welcoming Conference 2012A 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.  Dayton, Ohio, is creating an initiative woven into city government which includes a city resolution and a city position dedicated to fostering relationships between newcomers and the receiving community members.

As participants from across the country discussed the importance of fostering greater mutual understanding and respect among all community members, Darcy Tromanhauser and Christa Yoakum with Nebraska Is Home  shared successes with You’re Welcome In Omaha.

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