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September 16, 2014 at 5:30
Asylum Hill Welcoming Neighborhood Center Feasibility Study Launch
Lincoln Technical Institute, 85 Sigourney Street at 5:30 PM.
This date coincides with National Welcoming Week, a nationwide initiative designed to bring immigrants and U.S.-born community members together in a spirit of cooperation and inclusion.
Background: In spring 2013, AHNA's Welcoming Committee members recognized a growing need for a centralized gathering place where residents from the neighborhood's richly diverse communities could come together to share cultural, civic and social activities.  In an effort to ensure that sufficient numbers of residents will be involved in the process of exploring  the establishment of this Neighborhood Place, a small planning grant was sought and received from the national Welcoming America program.  Participants will take part in highly interactive discussions designed to obtain their vision of the center in terms of mission, location, activities etc.  A series of 6 discussion groups will be offered and  guided by 2 seasoned co-facilitators, Linda Bayer and Jim Boucher, in key neighborhood locations with interpreters representing the neighborhood's major language groups.
Upon completion of the discussion series in November, a final report will be compiled, by the facilitators, summarizing the input received from each discussion group. This summary will reflect the broad range of residents' input while condensing the information into a unified core document to support the subsequent steps necessary to establish the Neighborhood Place.
It is critical that everyone's voice be heard so please share this information with your network of Asylum Hill residents. We appreciate your spreading the word on this exciting endeavor.