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This tool is intended to help advocates for immigrant integration communicate how welcoming our immigrant neighbors can be a force for economic growth.

This how-to guide explores lessons learned from promising models for contact building from across the United States, and delves deeper into a series of activities that the nonprofit Welcoming Michigan conducted in Macomb County, Michigan. By focusing on one example in particular, readers are able to learn step-by-step how to plan, implement, and follow-up on a contact building event.  

A picture of the I'm a Welcomer sign from Welcoming America

Our multilingual Welcomer signs are a fun and easy way to show community support for everyone, including immigrants and refugees, and lift up our shared values. Download the signs in your choice of eight different languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
This is the cover of Welcoming America's new toolkit on Citizenship strategies to engage receiving communities

This toolkit was developed by Welcoming America and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the lead organization of the New Americans Campaign, to provide promising practices and suggestions to engage receiving communities at the intersection of citizenship and welcoming work. 

Welcoming Webinar

Our communities are changing. Rapid demographic shifts can spark tension and create challenges for both newcomers and long-time residents. So, how do we create a bridge that allows access and justice for all?

Listen as Welcoming America discusses how communities can be strengthened by demographic changes. We also discuss how we define the Receiving Community and how to connect long-time residents and newcomers.

Welcoming Webinar

In this webinar, we released our new toolkit, Stand Together: Messaging About Muslims and Refugees in Challenging Times. This webinar highlights key areas of the guide and answer your questions about positive communications and engaging your community.

Welcoming Webinar

In this Welcoming Refugees webinar, we released our new toolkit of tips and promising practices, "Neighbors Together: Promising Practices to Strengthen Relations with Refugees and Muslims." The webinar highlighted the efforts of several communities to counter anti-refugee backlash and welcome newcomers.

This toolkit provides promising practices to counter anti-refugee and anti-Muslim backlash and work towards a positive vision for our communities. These promising practices demonstrate how: building meaningful contact between diverse populations; positive communications strategies; and engaging civic and community leaders can help create a climate in which all people can thrive.

This guide was created for advocates, service providers, and supporters as a tool to address the backlash toward refugees and Muslim Americans, and to help you proactively engage with community leaders and neighbors. Through the messages, sample conversations, story ideas, and worksheets in this toolkit, we will help you develop straightforward yet persuasive language to use in the spoken or written communications to support the needs of your whole community, including immigrants, refugees, and Muslim Americans. In places where leaders are actively trying to limit the movement, freedom, and faith practices of your neighbors, these messages can be helpful in pushing back on negative stereotypes and reaffirming your shared values as a community.

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