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IISTL News Brief - October Issue
December 8, 2016
As a result, the Institute has important multigenerational ties to local immigrant communities. Our programs and services are locally and nationally-acclaimed. We also have deep knowledge of the state of the immigrant communities and population trends. We serve as key consultants on a broad range of issues affecting the social, cultural and economic health of our region. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.
The Institute’s highly-acclaimed programs are arranged in THREE SERVICE PILLARS:
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• English, Computer & Citizenship Classes for Adults • Job Search • Employment Training • Refugee Resettlement • Immigration Application Preparation & Photos • Mental Health Services • Elderly Services • Counseling & Social Work • Human Trafficking
• Festival of Nations • Translation & Interpretation • the i - International Community Calendar • Speakers Bureau • Culture Links Directory • Multicultural & Ethnic Market Research • Cultural Competency Training • Multicultural Communication Training
Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen the St. Louis region.
Building a New Life
Ahmed and his family arrived in St. Louis nearly two decades ago. Today, the seven family members lead full lives as American citizens of Iraqi heritage.
Saddam’s regime had accused Ahmed’s father of being a spy, and he had been arrested. At their first opportunity, they escaped to Jordan. After 18 months they received a US resettlement offer, and as their sponsor we were here in St. Louis to welcome and help them.
Ahmed at 12 was the youngest, so we enrolled him in public school. His parents began English classes at IISTL, and Ahmed’s older sister also returned to school, eventually receiving her BA and MA degrees. Now she actually works here at the Institute!
Soon, we placed Ahmed’s parents in jobs. His mother worked in alterations and his father in a flour factory. Eventually, he found work in his field as an auto mechanic. It wasn’t easy for the family, especially when faced with rising anti-Muslim hostilities following 9-11, but they persevered.