IISTL News Brief - April Issue
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
Ferdoos is a survivor – an essential attribute since she has been forced to seek refuge twice. First, Ferdoos fled Iraq with her two daughters, Zahraa and Maryam. They lived in relative safety in Syria until the civil war escalated, forcing the tiny and vulnerable family to flee again.
In August 2011, they arrived in St. Louis, sponsored by the International Institute. Ferdoos spoke no English and was without friends or other relatives. She felt confused and uncomfortable.
Initially, life was hard for Ferdoos’s small family. Then Ferdoos broke her leg, leaving her and her teenage daughters scrambling to figure out how to pay their bills.