Minneapolis launches 21 st century version of the old "Welcome Wagon"
WHAT: City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren, Council Member Cam Gordon, staff from Mayor R.T. Rybak’s office and the Neighborhood and Community Relations department, and volunteers from the community will launch a new initiative, "Hello Neighbor," designed to personally welcome recent immigrants to Minneapolis neighborhoods.
(The event is being held at Community Action of Minneapolis to coincide with an energy assistance clinic for refugees offered by the Minnesota Council of Churches in partnership with Community Action of Minneapolis)
The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations department developed "Hello Neighbor" as a holistic effort to establish a human connection with newly arrived immigrants at an early stage with the hope that new residents will learn about city services and resources, feel a part of the community, connect with civic and neighborhood organizations, and improve their overall quality of life.
The City’s "Hello Neighbor" program is funded by a grant from The Bush Foundation – a private foundation serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
October 20, 2010
Published Oct. 20, 2010