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26 05, 2020

Persistence pays off for Hospitality Training Program graduate

2020-05-26T19:49:17+00:00May 26th, 2020|

When Adolfo Gomes first arrived in the U.S., he spoke little English and worked entry-level jobs in restaurant kitchens. Anyone who has met him will tell you that being in the back of the house isn’t the natural place for Adolfo’s outgoing personality, nor the best use of his degree in advertising from a [...]

11 05, 2020

Advocating for eligible immigrants who are one step away from Citizenship

2020-05-11T21:01:02+00:00May 11th, 2020|

As an organization that has welcomed immigrants to the U.S. since 1918, the International Institute of New England has been on the front lines of immigration policy and advocacy for more than a century.  In recent days, we have contacted federal legislators from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to call attention to policies recently enacted [...]

8 05, 2020

Three generations now thriving in Nashua: Kanyere and Frediana

2020-05-08T20:53:07+00:00May 8th, 2020|

Kanyere and her mother, Frediana, fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 and lived in the Kyaka II refugee camp in western Uganda for 14 years. “There were people killed before our eyes,” Frediana said when she recalled the conditions that forced her family to leave their home. In 2018, Kanyere, Frediana, [...]

7 05, 2020

Seeing Success in the Crisis: How IINE clients are a source of inspiration

2020-05-07T18:16:32+00:00May 7th, 2020|

By Emma Tobin Managing Director, IINE-Lowell Seven weeks ago, the IINE community in Lowell faced an enormous challenge: the families we serve were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but we could no longer provide them with critical services, face to face, as we’ve done for 102 years. We knew we needed to adapt [...]

27 04, 2020

Ms. Emily Hood, In Memoriam

2020-04-28T14:46:01+00:00April 27th, 2020|

IINE recently learned of the death of a longtime supporter, Ms. Emily Hood. She served as a member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Boston in the 1980s and early 1990s. A resident of the Boston area, Ms. Hood had a long career as a professional office administrator. By [...]

23 04, 2020

Some important takeaways for the IINE community with regard to President Trump’s Proclamation

2020-04-23T21:26:48+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

The president’s Proclamation on April 22 has created confusion and concern among our immigrant and refugee community. Managing Attorney Chiara St. Pierre has prepared a quick analysis to help IINE staff and clients determine the immediate impact – if any -  this action will have on them. 1) Effective Date:  The proclamation is effective  [...]

21 04, 2020

Commonwealth Corps selects IINE to host two service positions

2020-04-21T19:37:54+00:00April 21st, 2020|

The International Institute of New England has been selected by the Commonwealth Corps to host two service positions that will support English for Speakers of Other Languages and Skills Training programs in IINE’s Boston office. The members will serve as Commonwealth Corps Career Readiness Specialists to ensure immigrants and refugees facing under- and unemployment [...]

21 04, 2020

On Patriot’s Day, we’re serving the newest Americans

2020-04-21T19:37:54+00:00April 21st, 2020|

Happy Patriot’s Day. What better way to celebrate than to support our newest American neighbors? As you know, IINE is a direct response human services organization that, during normal times, ensures new Americans have food to eat, a roof over their heads, diapers for their babies, and toys and school supplies for their older [...]

17 04, 2020

National Volunteer Appreciation Week at IINE

2020-04-21T19:37:55+00:00April 17th, 2020|

Each year, the International Institute serves thousands of refugee, asylee, and immigrant families through our many supportive services. Nearly every IINE program depends on volunteers to deliver the quality support our students and clients deserve. IINE staff often remark that “we couldn’t do it” without the amazing corps of dedicated volunteers. IINE volunteers [...]

15 04, 2020

IINE works from home

2020-04-21T19:37:56+00:00April 15th, 2020|

Since March 12, 2020, the vast majority of IINE employees are working remotely to keep safe and practice social distancing. For an organization that thrives on personal connection, face-to-face service delivery, and group interaction, it was an adjustment for us to move our operations online. It wasn’t long, though, before we found that [...]