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Fall 2012

Our Lady of Hope began a connection with the Social Justice committee of St. John’s in Kenmore.  This has now progressed to a stronger relationship and there are 6 ESL teachers who now work weekly with 5-6 African and Burmese adults who are members of our parish.

They have been prepared for this project through Literacy Volunteers and thus have a good support system for their work. These suburban friends have donated blankets, curtains, toys and their time to connecting with one of the newest families (5 children) to arrive from Africa. All are learning more about what it means ‘to welcome the stranger’.

 

December 2011

Our Lady of Hope developed a small advisory group of leaders from Africa, Burma and Thailand. They continue to work with their own communities and parish staff to address issues that arise. Jobs, learning English and housing seem to be the top issues they face. A big issue for these new parents once they arrive here is how to help their children, especially teens to keep their own cultural identity as well as adapting to American life. There is much that threatens this and the Parish provides safe and creative activities that foster the desire of the parents and young people.

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