Erie House Gears Up for Immigrant Heritage Month
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June 1, 2016 | Chicago, IL
Today Erie Neighborhood House commenced its public support of the third annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative organized by Welcome.us to gather community organizations, elected officials, corporations, artists and thought leaders together to share inspirational stories of American immigrants.
“Our organizational heritage is inseparable from the heritage of the immigrant communities we have served over our 146-year history,” says Kirstin Chernawsky, executive director at Erie House. “We’re grateful to Welcome.us for providing the framework for us to celebrate the gifts, contributions and experiences of immigrants this month.”
Erie House is a historic settlement house agency with a rich tradition of providing programs and services to empower immigrant families. Today it reaches a primarily Latino population of more than 5,000 individuals each with locations in Chicago’s West Town, Humboldt Park and Little Village neighborhoods.
During Immigrant Heritage Month, Erie House plans to celebrate the unique immigrant stories possessed by its staff and participants through web articles and social media posts. A few staff members will also attend an event at WHISK, a local West Town restaurant, later in the month to advocate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has impacted so many of the youth enrolled in Erie House programs.
“We have been fortunate to walk alongside immigrants who aspire to succeed in school, advance their careers, provide for their families and become leaders in their community,” explains Chernawsky. “Their stories need to be heard.”
Welcome.us is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that seeks to celebrate a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world and the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history.
The organization is encouraging supporters to participate in Immigrant Heritage Month initiative through social media, attending events and sharing their own unique immigration stories. Visit Welcome.us for more information on how to share your own story and to learn more about the collective effort.