Since we opened in 2003, the Welcoming Center has helped more than 14,000 immigrants from 140 countries succeed here in the United States. Our past and present participants—the amazing and diverse group of people who have grown empowered through English classes, job placements, and access to resources and opportunities through the Welcoming Center—are among our greatest assets. Through a vast network of peers, they represent and multiply an enabling effect every time they tell their families and friends about what the Welcoming Center has to offer.
The Welcoming Center strives to integrate the voices of many of these participants into the life of our organization. We create spaces and opportunities for them to join us in sharing how we do our work.
We strive to bring direct voices of immigrants into the dialogue on immigrant integration. Participants are invited to join our organization through our Participant Advisory Council, train-the-trainer workshops, meaningful volunteer opportunities, health and wellness initiatives, networking events, and public speaking engagements.