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Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

The Nationalities Service Center at 1216 Arch St. helps more than 5,000 immigrants and refugees every year adjust to their new lives in Philadelphia. They offer a range of services including English classes, legal services and connecting people to health services. Gretchen Shanfeld has worked at NSC for more than eight years and currently serves as […]

 

Immigration Law: Joe Gordon Explains The Ups And Downs And Political Shifts

Immigration Law: Joe Gordon Explains The Ups And Downs And Political Shifts

Joe Gordon has been an immigration lawyer since 2012. His office may be based in North Philadelphia at 4719 N. Broad St., but his work takes him throughout the city and the effects are felt around the globe. Gordon is an all-around family man – practicing family-based immigration law by day and spending his evenings […]

 

Immigration: VietLead Pushes Back Against Federal Government Policies And Practices

Immigration: VietLead Pushes Back Against Federal Government Policies And Practices

Nancy Dung Nguyen has made her career in social justice work, focusing originally on domestic violence issues and youth organizing. Now, she uses her advocacy skills to help her own community as the executive director and one of the co-founders of VietLead, an organization that works with the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia, as well as other […]

 

Immigration: On A Student Visa, Manish Walia Studies More Than Just Chemistry

Immigration: On A Student Visa, Manish Walia Studies More Than Just Chemistry

Manish Walia, 29, grew up in New Delhi, India but he didn’t dream of the United States, even as he watched Spider-Man and X-men cartoons as a child.

 

Latinx: Julia Rivera And Congreso Focus Mission For Latin Americans In Philadelphia

Latinx: Julia Rivera And Congreso Focus Mission For Latin Americans In Philadelphia

The nonprofit Congreso de Latinos Unidos serves Philadelphia’s Latino population and offers more than 50 programs, like health insurance education and enrollment sessions, support for seniors living independently and work readiness. Congreso doesn’t have any services specifically focused on immigrants, but its website notes an increase in Latin American immigrants in the city and the population it […]

 

Immigration: Cambodian Youth Leader Talks Literacy Challenges And Solutions

Immigration: Cambodian Youth Leader Talks Literacy Challenges And Solutions

Rex Yin has been the youth development coordinator at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia for the last three years. He said his favorite part of the job is seeing the growth of the students he works with. Yin helps lead several youth programs, including the SumOur Roots program, a collaboration with VietLead and the Bhutanese […]

 

Education: An Assistant Principal Helping Craft Inclusive Environments

Education: An Assistant Principal Helping Craft Inclusive Environments

Odamis Fernandez-Scheinbaum is the assistant principal at Independence Charter School. Fernandez-Scheinbaum, having worked previously as reading specialist and assessment coordinator at the K-8 community-based charter school, has been at ICS for more than 10 years. The school, located at 16th and Lombard streets in Center City, emphasizes second language acquisition and teaching students to become […]

 

Immigration: The Polish Provide Philadelphia With History

Immigration: The Polish Provide Philadelphia With History

Poland’s presence may have even preceded Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Newfoundland with the navigation of the mysterious John Scolvus, sometimes referred to as John of Kolno. While a lack of records make this a disputable claim, it is clear that the Polish have aided America since its very beginning. “The bond between Poland and […]

 

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Since November 2016, SEAMAAC has partnered with other organizations that work with Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee populations to rebuild Mifflin Square Park, located in South Philadelphia at Sixth and Wolf streets. In collaboration with organizations like the Bhutanese American Organization, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, SEAMAAC developed a park renovation […]

 

Latinx: Dj Dame Luz Strives for Inclusion in LGBTQ+ Community

Latinx: Dj Dame Luz Strives for Inclusion in LGBTQ+ Community

Wearing a pink graphic tee, plaid-printed grey cap, and camo pants, Noelia “Nolita” Tejada is undeniably the cool 90s kid next door. Nolita goes by the artistic name Dj “Dame Luz” – which translates to “give me light” a phrase in Dominican slang that can mean anything from “what’s up” to a sense of encouragement […]