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22 05, 2019

A message from the President & CEO: Here’s why we should fight the Trump Administration’s proposed policy

2019-05-22T15:09:33+00:00May 22nd, 2019|

My colleagues sometimes refer to me as “Professor” Thielman because I require facts, data and a strategy debate before we adopt a policy at IINE. I take their ribbing, but I’m confident a fact-based approach to strategy is standard operating procedure for most organizations. Unfortunately, rigorous policy research isn’t the norm in the current [...]

21 05, 2019

The Thein Family

2019-05-21T15:50:05+00:00May 21st, 2019|

The Thein family’s journey from Myanmar to the United States was triggered by the all-too-familiar circumstances of loss, risk, and uncertainty that plague every refugee family. Yet, from the moment they landed in Lowell in the spring of 2016, Nai Win Thein, Mi Thein Si and their three children quickly became known among [...]

19 05, 2019

IINE celebrates 100 years of service with 100 honorees

2019-05-21T15:49:07+00:00May 19th, 2019|

More than 600 people gathered at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, May 1 to mark the centennial of the International Institute of New England (IINE) and to recognize the enduring legacy of immigrants and refugees in the Lowell community.  IINE is one of the oldest and largest refugee resettlement and immigrant services [...]

11 04, 2019

Discovering Diversity, Experiencing New Cultures …Down the Street in Manchester, NH

2019-04-11T15:08:17+00:00April 11th, 2019|

For many years, Kerry lived in a diverse New York City neighborhood surrounded by people from different cultural backgrounds. So when she moved to Manchester, NH, she wasn’t used to being in a relatively small and more homogenous town. Kerry first heard about IINE when she attended a live performance of Suitcase Stories®, a [...]

29 03, 2019

2018 Annual Report

2019-03-29T17:37:58+00:00March 29th, 2019|

IINE released its Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2018 this week. Our greatest appreciation to our funders, donors, community partners, and volunteers who support IINE programs. Please see inside for updates on IINE programs, lists of our supporters, and photos of our wonderful community. View IINE's 2018 [...]

15 03, 2019

Congratulations to our first graduating class: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

2019-03-15T17:53:49+00:00March 15th, 2019|

There was a standing ovation and some tears of joy this week as seven immigrant women became the first graduating class of IINE’s newest Skills Training Course. The  Creating New Avenues for Success (“CNA for Success “) program is a specialized workforce development course designed for immigrants seeking careers in the Certified Nursing Assistant [...]

14 03, 2019

THANK YOU for celebrating International Women’s Day with IINE

2019-03-14T05:52:02+00:00March 14th, 2019|

BREAKING NEWS Thanks to the generosity of all our event supporters, more than $130,000 was raised for IINE programs. We are very grateful to our gracious honorees, all those who attended, and to the many corporate and individual sponsors who made significant contributions. More than 500 people gathered in the [...]

22 02, 2019

Ten Minutes from Home, A World Away

2019-02-22T15:33:15+00:00February 22nd, 2019|

When Jordan, a senior at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, signed up for a “Winter Break Community Service” trip through the college’s Campus Ministry office, she said she was surprised to learn her service assignment was not in a far-flung region of the country. It wasn’t even in a different state. Her placement [...]