Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

UPROOTING Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Carolina Coronado never thought she’d leave her native country. But one day in the mid-2000s she received a phone call from a Colombian guerrilla group — part of a rebellious anti-government movement — threatening her family. “We moved immediately from Barranquilla,” Coronado said. “I left everything behind. Dog, […]

 

Immigration: NSC Board Member Michele Hangley Discusses NSC Services, Refugees And ICE

Immigration: NSC Board Member Michele Hangley Discusses NSC Services, Refugees And ICE

Michele Hangley is a lawyer and a litigation shareholder at the law firm Hangley Aronchick. She is also a board member at the Nationalities Service Center, a local organization which provides various services to immigrants and refugees in the region. In addition to the services offered, it also looks to empower immigrants and refugee, giving them dignity, stability, […]

 

Immigration: How To Get Health Care

Immigration: How To Get Health Care

While understanding how to enroll for health care services can be a challenge for everybody, immigrants to the United States are far more likely to live uninsured. Navigating the health care process as an immigrant can be challenging due to language barriers, lack of funding for community health centers and outreach and enrollment services, cultural […]

 

Immigration: Kiera Kenney Connects African And Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees With Health And Social Services

Immigration: Kiera Kenney Connects African And Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees With Health And Social Services

The African Family Health Organization, located on Chestnut Street near 44th Street, works with African and Caribbean refugees to connect them with health and social services around the city. AFAHO’s services include ESL courses, case management programs and helping community members set up and go to doctor’s appointments. Kiera Kenney works as the manager of […]

 

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 […]

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Center City: Immigrant, Refugee Service Program Provides Support for Victims of Torture

Center City: Immigrant, Refugee Service Program Provides Support for Victims of Torture

ABOVE: Gretchen Shanfeld (left), director of Health and Wellness at the Nationalities Service Center, and Cathy Jeong stand in front of a tapestry created by 30 immigrants from Bhutan, a country in the Himalayan Mountains. The tapestry, which is about 10 feet long, details some of the country’s culture and was made in a group-art-therapy program […]

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South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

At first glance, it looks like a weed. Chin Baung, a slender, leafy plant with a sour taste, isn’t native to South Philadelphia. But come spring, Chin Baung thrives in three small gardens near 8th and Emily streets. The plots where it grows belong to Growing Home Gardens, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower […]

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South Philadelphia: “Growing Home” Project Provides Refugees With a Place to Grow

South Philadelphia: “Growing Home” Project Provides Refugees With a Place to Grow

Surprisingly, a once abandoned lot in South Philadelphia allows refugees from two little known nations in southern Asia to feel more at home while integrating them into their new lives in the United States. This lot houses Growing Home, the new refugee community farm project in South Philadelphia established by the Nationalities Service Center (NSC). […]