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IIB Teams up with Parkside Lutheran for Second Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

By Events, In the Community, News
For the second year IIB staff and volunteers teamed up with Parkside Lutheran Church to provide a Thanksgiving-style dinner for 50 newly arrived Americans and survivor clients. The guests hail from Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ecuador, Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela. For many, it was their first-ever Thanksgiving meal. "We serve foreign-born people who…
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Ten Thousand Villages, Buffalo Now Accepting IIB Donations

By In the Community, News
Ten Thousand Villages, Buffalo, wants to help welcome our newest neighbors in Western New York by accepting donations to support our important work of resettling local refugees as they start their new lives. Ten Thousand Villages will accept donations of basic household items and winter clothing, including jackets, gloves, and hats. Other items needed include bathroom cleaner, 13-gallon trash bags,…
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IIB Welcomes 50 New Americans from 26 Countries!

By In the Community
We were honored to have welcomed 50 New Americans from 26 countries while they took their citizenship oaths at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony in Buffalo this week. The countries from which these new American citizens traveled are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Congo, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Moldova, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russia,…
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Meet Thom Tran from Vietnam

By In the Community, News
Thom Tran In July 1980, Thom Tran and his family came to the United States as refugees from Vietnam when he was an infant. His father was a South Vietnamese Air Force pilot who escaped a POW camp. After Saigon fell, the Tran family made it to a refugee camp in Thailand. Soon after that, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church in…
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Meet Anita Butera from Italy

By In the Community, News
  Anita Butera says she came to America by accident. In the 1990s, as a university student in Italy, she planned to travel to England to improve her English skills. An unexpected visit from an aunt wanting to visit the town where her parents were born changed that. She offered Butera a place to stay so she could immerse herself…
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Meet Nadin Yousef from Iraq

By In the Community, News
Nadin Yousef and her family endured life in Bagdad, Iraq, under American occupation. After the United States pulled out of her country, a civil war ensued, and it became too dangerous. “Civil war is bad; you don’t know who the enemy is or who will knock on your door in the middle of the night,” said Yousef. Yousef took her…
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Meet Rubens Mukunzi from Rwanda

By In the Community, News
When Rubens Mukunzi was a journalist in his home country of Rwanda, all was fine until officials wanted him to publish more favorable stories about the government in his newspaper, Oasis Gazette. They ignored his protests that it was not a journalist's job to publish only good things about a government at its insistence. He reminded them that his publication…
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Being a Good Neighbor Starts with a Welcome!

By In the Community, News
  Welcoming Week is a national campaign and celebration to showcase communities that strive to "be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants." Since Buffalo's nickname is "The City of Good Neighbors," our theme is Being a Good Neighbor Starts with a Welcome! Here are profiles of local foreign-born people describing their journeys and how Western New York welcomed them,…
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Joining the Workforce: IIB Job Club Members Learn New Skills

By Education, In the Community, News
The International Institute of Buffalo's Job Club helps New Americans roll up their sleeves to gain integral skills and knowledge to enter and navigate the job market quickly and successfully. Job Club is a 16-hour, comprehensive program offered through our New American Integration Department, where participants learn about the American workplace and how to succeed despite cultural differences.  The eight…
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