Most refugee families encounter tremendous language, economic, and cultural challenges upon arrival in the US. During this vulnerable and often isolating time, SHC facilitates meaningful connections between newcomers and longtime residents while introducing them to the community resources they need. Many of its clients are mothers with little to no formal education whose caregiving responsibilities prevent them from participating in traditional programs for newcomers. SHC tailors its Welcome Workshops so their accompanying children can attend preschool in the same space. Clients continue to learn English in online classes alongside their children. Staff work with each family to advance their goals inside and outside of the classroom, helping them access citizenship prep, housing, legal services, and other resources. Welcoming hundreds of newcomers into a warm community annually, SHC gives them the confidence to thrive.

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