10/11/23 Newsletter

October 10, 2023

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Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for New Americans, Immigrants, and Refugees in West Michigan.

Weekly Communications

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The West Michigan Welcome Plan is happy to announce weekly communications with the latest updates in our community. Please send Marcial Benavidez (marcial.benavidez@kentcountymi.gov) any communications that you would like to share on Tuesdays by 9am to be shared on the Weekly Wednesday Communication.

Going forward, available communications will be categorized as follows:

  • Welcome Plan Updates
  • Education and Resources
  • Engagement Opportunities
  • Funding opportunities
  • Job Opportunities

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Global Gathering

The Welcome Collaborative Hosted our first Annual Global Gathering September 16th at Garfield Park! This celebration of culture was day full of dance and music, Check out photos and footage of the event on our Facebook and Instagram


Grant Writing Workshops

Our first Grand Writing workshops were extremely helpful for participants. Basic grant writing guidelines/Budget information were covered in the first session with a Funder panel and individual one-on-one support during the second session.

Workshop Part One – Education – Monday 9/18/23 

Workshop Part Two – Panel with Funders – Tuesday 9/26/23

Grant Workshop 1.0

Grant Writer Ice Breaker Activity – The 906 – TreeTops Collective/September 18th 2023/WMWPC


Spectrum Health

Hispanic Community Impact for a Thriving Michigan!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The October In-service will be a Virtual Only In-service held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. See the attached flier for details!

Register for the In-service online at https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/Virtualmis

Registration confirmation will be emailed from do-not-reply@onlineregistrationcenter.com to those who register.

If you have difficulty registering, feel free to email us at monthlyinservices@corewellhealth.org for assistance.

Refugee Ministry Mobilization Workshop

Saturday, October 28th 2023 9am-3:00pm

A 1-day gathering of Pastors and church leaders to collaborate on opportunities for working with refugees and asylum seekers in Michigan and beyond.

RSVP by October 20th

whatsapp: +16166175758 


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FarmWorker Conference

Michigan Farmworkers, Service Providers and Growers Conference

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 8:30am-4:15pm Double Tree Hilton Hotel Grand Rapids Airport4747 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, mi 49512

Improving health, wellbeing, and Safety for Farmworkers

Register Here

Reconnecting Families

Armed conflict, international disasters and migration leave millions of people around the globe in urgent need of humanitarian assistance every year. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams help reconnect families separated by international crises. More Info

Click on Red Cross Image for a Poster in Multiple Languages!

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KDL New Phone Interpreting Service

Kent District Library now offers live phone interpreting services in more than 200 languages, ensuring greater access to its collections, programs and services. Through the new over-the-phone service, patrons who speak languages other than English are now able to connect with KDL staff members.

Over the Phone Interpretation (OPI)  

More Info Here

Engagement Opportunities

Welcoming Refugees by Renting a Room

Learn more about Supervised Independent Living (SIL). Becoming a licensed foster parent can take multiple months, while becoming an SIL home takes a couple weeks, and there are over 100 youth that could benefit from an SIL home in Grand Rapids.

Register Here

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Pins for Peace

Dispute Resolution Center

Saturday, October 14, 6-9 pm at The Clique Lanes, 533 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

During these challenging times of great polarization, the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan works diligently to provide a safe space for difficult conversations that can repair relationships and help those involved in controversy to find common ground and a way forward. To continue to provide these services at low or no cost, the Center needs your financial support.

sponsor or donate here – purchase tickets here.

Funding Opportunities

Barrier Removal and Employment Success

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is accepting proposals for funding to support the removal of barriers to employment and reemployment for at-risk individuals. The Barrier Removal and Employment Success (BRES) Expansion Program funding will facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion, striving to increase employment for opportunity populations and hidden talent.
More Info Here


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