Enjoying the Season with IWC’s Natural Helpers

Natural Helpers told us what they like to do in autumn and what they are thankful for this year.

Chandra Newsletter Photo“My favorite autumn activity in Indiana is visiting Kelsay Farms for a Family Picnic. Here we can show the kids what a real farm looks like with plenty of activities. We can feed the cows here and see how the cows are milked.”

Chandra Kesavan has been a Natural Helper since Spring 2016. His country of origin is India and he speaks Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and English.

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“I am thankful for the opportunity for being a God’s instrument for helping others when they are most  in need. My best reward: the joy of seeing people fulfilling their dreams.”

Maryori Duarte-Sheffield has been a Natural Helper since 2009. Her country of origin is Venezuela and she speaks Spanish and English.

 

“I am grateful for having the time and energy which permits me to help people form many countries of the world and to continue to visit some of these places in my travels.”

Kathleen Lattimer has been a Natural Helper since 2013. Her country of origin is the United States of America and she speaks English and French.

 

Linda“My favorite autumn activity in Indiana is driving through Brown County for the turning of the leaves. Coming from a country without the 4 seasons, the different colors are a beautiful and wondrous thing for me to see each year.”

Linda Simba has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is Kenya and she speaks English and Swahili.

 

Bumeh“I am thankful for ‘putting knowledge into practice.’ ”

Bumeh Maria has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is Burma and she speaks Karenni, Burmese, and English.

 

Hilina Fessahaie (Eritrea)“I’m thankful to finally feel that I have the opportunity to realize any dream I want to pursue.”

Hilina Fessahaie has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Eritrea and she speaks Tigrinya, Amharic, and English.

Gabriella Borbás (Hungary)

“My favorite fall activity in Indianapolis is to walk in downtown streets with my grand-daughter. I especially like walking with her on Mass Ave. when the Halloween Trick or treat is on.”

Gabriella Borbás has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Hungary and she speaks Hungarian, Russian, French, and English.


“IWilliam am thankful for God’s protection to all Immigrants in Indianapolis.”

William Dido Kile has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. His country of origin is Democratic Republic of Congo and he speaks Swahili, French, Lingala, and English.

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“I am grateful to everyone who helped new immigrants, especially children, even with a smile.”

Howaida Abdulahad has been a Natural Helper since 2015. Her country of origin is Syria and she speaks English and Arabic.

Qing“My favorite autumn activity in Indianapolis is running or hiking on different trails around the city. My favorite spot in downtown Indy is probably down by the canal.”

Qing Wang has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is China and she speaks Mandarin Chinese and English.

Julia“I am thankful for being a member of Immigrant Welcome Center. I am also thankful for doing work that matters and for the members of Immigrant Welcome Center of helpers who are making a difference in the community and in the world.”

Julia Plehmeh has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is Burma and she speaks Kayah.

Graham“I am grateful for all of the help the IWC and Natural Helpers give the Indy immigrant community. Also, I am very grateful to God for friends and family that give me unconditional love and support all the time!”

Graham Melendez has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. His country of origin is Peru and he speaks English and Spanish.

jose_pic1“I am grateful for my family. We have had our ups and downs, but they are really my foundation. I am grateful for my church and my church brothers and sisters that make me fell like I have second family to encourage me when I am facing tough situations in life.”

Joseph (José) Acosta has been a Natural Helper since 2013. His country of origin is México and he speaks English and Spanish.

Barbara“My Favorite Fall activity is the First Friday art show at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in November when Kyle Ragsdale is the featured artist and Spirit and Place events are in the gym. I am grateful for people who are willing to work out their differences with each other.”

Barbara Van Vleet has been a Natural Helper since summer 2017. Her country of origin is the United States and she speaks English and conversational Spanish.

Bakya Alabi (Benin)“I’m grateful for all the Immigrant Welcome Center is doing for immigrants. I do like to work with nice people from everywhere that are working with love and passion to serve others to meet their needs. It’s just a great and helpful program!”

Bakya Alabi has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Benin and she speaks English, Yoruba, Fon, and Nago.

Preh Reh“Autumn is my most favorite season. I like to go for a long walk, feel the wind whirling through my hair, and take the best pictures of the year within the beautiful colorful trees. Autumn is just the best season of the year for love. I can’t expect anything better than that.”

Preh Reh has been a Natural Helper since summer 2017. His country of origin is Burma and he speaks English, Karenni, Karen and Burmese.


Verne Flavious (St. Lucia)“My favorite thing to do in autumn here is participate in my church’s Thanksgiving dinner give away for the community. I am thankful for my family & the ability to serve my community.”

Verne Flavius has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is St. Lucia and she speaks English and Creole.


 

Christian“My favorite fall activity in Indianapolis is networking with people. I am thankful for being part of the Immigrant Welcome Center as an Natural Helper.”

Christian Ngalula Matamba has been a Natural Helper since summer 2017. His country of origin is Democratic Republic of Congo and he speaks English, French, Swahili, Lingala and Ciluba.

Check out a map of the places of origin of all of our Natural Helpers, a list of the languages they speak, or learn more about the program.

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