Welcoming Fort Wayne promotes immigrant integration into the greater Fort Wayne area by supporting economic development, ensuring equity in education, government, health, and social services, as well as promoting an appreciation of arts and culture.
This will be accomplished through:
Raising awareness about immigrant issues
Connecting immigrants, providers, and the greater community to trainings, educational opportunities, and cultural events
Supporting existing organizational policies ensuring inclusion
Supporting expansion of and greater coordination between service providers
Supporting workforce development opportunities including English language learning, skills and credentialing assessments, business mentoring, connector programming, and strategic neighborhood business districting
Supporting language access and service equity in education, government, health, and social services
Supporting comprehensive cultural orientation and integration opportunities for immigrants
Scripture tells many stories of immigrants and outsiders and how we are to respond, even Jesus was a political refugee according to the Gospel of Matthew. Welcoming Fort Wayne is a Biblical response to do what our scriptures call us to do, “Love him as yourself” Lev. 19:33-34.
Perhaps most compelling, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” Matt. 25. We know how that ends, “Just as you did to the least of these, you did to me”.
Thus, Welcoming Fort Wayne desires a community where everyone, because of background, culture, or heritage, is valued and included in all aspects of daily living.