The week of September 12-20, 2015 is National Welcoming Week in the Episcopal Church. This is an annual event nationally, highlighting the contributions of immigrants and refugees to American communities. The United States draws strength and vitality from its tradition of welcoming new Americans.
Each year, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, in partnership with local resettlement organizations, Episcopal faith communities and volunteers, welcomes more than 5,000 refugees from war-torn locations across the globe.
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has resettlement partners in 30 locations across the United States. We provide refugees with the items and the services they need during their transition to their new lives in the United States, including housing, food, furnishings. We also work with new Americans to make sure they are oriented to their new communities and can access services like English classes, job training, school, health care and other services available in the community.
Episcopal Migration Ministries and Welcoming America, a national network to help nonprofit and government partners transform their communities into more welcoming places, offer these data:
- Refugees and immigrants were responsible for 28% of all business start-ups in 2012.
- 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by refugees and immigrants or their children.1
- Over half of all tech start-ups in Silicon Valley have refugee or immigrant founders.1
- Immigrants were involved in the founding of many prominent American companies, including Google, Yahoo, and eBay.
- Refugees and immigrants contribute as much as $10 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
During National Welcoming Week we join with Episcopalians from across the church in appreciation of the gifts of our New American friends and neighbors, and in working to ensure that all of our communities are welcoming.
To see a list of National Welcoming Week event in New Hampshire and elsewhere, visit http://bit.ly/NationalWelcomingWeek.
In New Hampshire, Episcopal Migration Ministries (http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org) is proud to partner with Ascentria Care Alliance. Learn more about Ascentria at their website, http://www.ascentria.org/.