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For two years, Welcoming Fort Wayne and several community partners have come together for to honor exceptional immigrant and refugee individuals and immigrant-providers during national Welcoming Week


Through the successful collaboration of 16 organizations including churches, non-profits, the City of Fort Wayne, Purdue University-Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne Community Schools, 6 individuals and 2 organizations were recognized for their commitment to immigrants/refugees on Sept. 19, 2019.   

These 16 collaborating organizations included:

  • Amani Family Services

  • Associated Churches

  • Bridge of Grace

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

  • City of Fort Wayne

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools

  • Friends of the Third World

  • Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

  • Many Nations Church

  • Metro

  • Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

  • Purdue University Fort Wayne

  • St. Joseph Community Health Foundation

  • Welcoming Fort Wayne

  • Wellspring Interfaith Social Services

  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne

The 2019 Winners

(pictured from L to R):

 Farah Combs - Positive Role Model

Ahmed Abdelmageed - Social Justice

Aaron Robles - Storyteller

Ana Guisti - Lifetime Achiever 

Yvonne Johnson - Emerging Leader 

Laura Pontius of Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic - Community Organization

Samuel Melo - Entrepreneur of Excellence 

George Rongos (not pictured) - Diverse Employer of the Year


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