Thrilling news: the Welcome, Neighbor program to help Neighborhood Councils welcome refugee families to Los Angeles won a $200,000 LA2050 Activation Grant! Thank you so much to all of you who voted to make this proposal a reality, and to LA2050 for this wonderful opportunity. We are excited to partner with local nonprofit Miry’s List on this program, which allows participating NCs to help their newest neighbors with the support and guidance of Miry’s List, who have already helped 300 families resettle in LA over the past two years.
Miry’s List grew out of a program piloted by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, and was founded by former ERNC boardmember Miry Whitehill, so they already have experience doing this type of work via the NC system. Any Neighborhood Council who wants to participate in Welcome, Neighbor is welcome to join. The program will focus on helping refugee families build relationships and find the things they need to become part of their new communities. Families may be assisted with anything from English lessons, to resume creation, to being shown the location of local resources like gas stations and grocery stores.
An overview of the Welcome, Neighbor proposal can be found here: https://activation.la2050.org/connect/mirys-list/
More details regarding program plans and rollout will be available in August, so please stay tuned to learn how your Neighborhood Council can get involved!