Indianapolis is now more multicultural than it has ever been, but as recent news around immigration reform has shown, we have much more work to do to build bridges between new immigrants and native-born residents. The Immigrant Welcome Center connects immigrants to resources to support our growing multicultural community.
Our Welcoming Indianapolis initiative helps immigrants and Indianapolis residents find common ground. We sponsor cultural events and community discussions that enhance native Hoosiers’ understanding of their new neighbors, while immigrants learn about the customs and cultural differences of their new hometown.
We rely on hard-working volunteer immigrants, known as Natural Helpers, who help connect newcomers to opportunities that will help them succeed. To improve access to services, Natural Helpers speak more than 45 different languages and are often paired with fellow immigrants who live nearby. We also have five Neighborhood Branches situated in the city’s most diverse areas, where immigrants can learn how to connect with our 90+ community partners.
Our staff provides community outreach sessions with local leaders, elected officials, and social and public service professionals to create greater awareness of these new Americans and the barriers they face. These informed leaders help us create a welcoming and immigrant-friendly community.
Donate today to ensure Immigrant Welcome Center continues to create understanding, connect neighbors and raise awareness of the skills, talents and cultures of these new Hoosiers. All gifts through December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 by a generous Immigrant Welcome Center supporter.