Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
by Barry Fireman
John F. Kennedy wrote an essay entitled “A Nation of Immigrants” for which he was honored by the Anti Defamation League. The year was 1958 and it was the last manuscript he would write before he became president.
Thanks to a grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services program, HIAS Pennsylvania leads the Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network (P-CAN) in conjunction with other area non-profits committed to providing educational services to immigrants and refugees who want to become citizens.
Merie has seen more than her share of struggles, but her strength and tenacity are what bring us to highlight her story today. Merie has been in and out of the HIAS Pennsylvania offices for over a decade as we helped her gain legal status and a new life in Philadelphia.
We at HIAS Pennsylvania are proud to share the story of one of our staff members, Parangkush Subedi for this issue of Voices. PK, as he's commonly known as in the office, has been with us for over a year as our Refugee Health Coordinator and Case Manager, but the story of how he got here is worth a read:
Our youngest Emma Lazarus Legacy Member, Marli, sent in this explanation of why she decided to commit some of her Bat Mitzvah donations to HIAS Pennsylvania and the Fund:
For the past three years, the congregants and religious leaders of Main Line Reform Temple have been devoted friends of HIAS Pennsylvania. MLRT’s Sisterhood has recruited a cadre of volunteers and supporters t
When asked about his life, Thomas G. McGill Tappeh begins with his grandfather. As a king of the Dan people living in Liberia, his grandfather Tappeh was known to be powerful but peaceful. Despite his stature in society, Tappeh understood that in order for his children to be successful, they would require a formal education. This belief was transmitted through the generations to Thomas, whose whole life has focused on education.
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