Blog | Welcoming America


Video: Where will you find common ground in your community?

Keiron Bone Dormegnie | July 19, 2017

  The divides among Americans may seem vast these days, but Welcoming America believes that in many communities, there is a very different narrative that should be lifted up: Stories of diverse people finding common ground and making an impact in each other’s lives. When a Jewish couple in Atlanta, GA, met a Kurdish Muslim refugee couple from Syria, ...

#8ways you can support refugees in your community

Amanda Bailly | June 20, 2017

Photo Credit: Matej Povse

Two years ago, I traveled 2,700 miles across Europe with a Syrian family that was fleeing the war in their home country. Sham, a single mother, and her two kids crossed the sea in an inflatable raft, and together we traveled from the Greek islands to the German capital, where they started a new life. I filmed the journey, and the ...

Here’s what you need to know for Welcoming Week

Keiron Bone Dormegnie | June 16, 2017

It’s a time of immense challenges for our country and the communities we serve. Many Americans feel that they no longer belong, and the values we stand for and the people we serve face grave threats. At the same time, many people are standing up for neighbors and affirming that our country is a place for everyone, weaving together ...

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Diaspora: Once Newcomers, Now Vital Community Bridge Builders

Vanja Pantic Oflazoglu | June 13, 2017

The United States, which has long been known for its deep history of immigration and welcoming immigrants and refugees, accepted hundreds of thousands of Bosnian refugees who were fleeing war and genocide in the 1990s. Since then, Bosnians - like myself - have integrated into our new communities, contributed economically by opening new businesses and creating job opportunities, and promoted ...