Dear Friends, family, and fellow Americans,
How lucky we are to be Americans, and how difficult it is for so many immigrants to make the courageous journey to become a new American.
This year marks the 9th anniversary for “30 Poems in November” fundraiser for the Center For New Americans. I had the opportunity to go the Center’s annual meeting and meet some of the volunteers that work with new immigrants,; all of them so truly committed to the work they do. I also heard the story of Maricella.
Two years ago she was sitting on the steps of Forbes Library, wondering how she would learn English. She said she knew three phrases: hi, how are you, and thanks.
Someone gave her the phone number for the Center for New Americans…. and a life was changed.
These are tumultuous times. In these dark days of our Republic we need to support shinning stars like the Center. Make a difference, one day at a time, one person at a time, one poem at a time. We don’t have to feel powerless. Now is the time to raise our voices for all that is good, strong and tells the real story about Americans that care, love and support those that struggle, those that call out for help, those that seek a new life, a new beginning.