21 11, 2023

Home-Sewn Start-Up: A Former Afghan Refugee Brings Traditional Clothing to Lowell

2023-11-21T11:31:03-05:00November 21st, 2023|

Farida Niazi, a former refugee from Afghanistan who has made Lowell, Massachusetts her home since 2019, says that she loves the freedom she feels here.  “In the United States, religion is different, and everyone is different, but nobody told me about my hijab, or anything. Here the good thing is what [...]

28 08, 2023

Refugee Youth Spend Summer Exploring, Learning, and Bonding

2023-08-28T16:57:52-04:00August 28th, 2023|

This summer, refugee youth in Lowell, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire who participated in IINE programs throughout the year had the opportunity to stay engaged during the school break. With staff and volunteers, they explored their local communities, practiced their English skills, learned about art and science, and formed deeper bonds [...]

6 01, 2022

IINE congratulates Sokhary Chau, first Cambodian-American mayor in U.S.

2022-01-24T09:44:44-05:00January 6th, 2022|

Sokhary Chau, a Cambodian refugee who survived the Khmer Rouge’s genocide, has become the Mayor of Lowell, making him the first Cambodian-American mayor in the United States. Currently serving as a city councilor in Lowell, he was unanimously picked by his council peers to assume the top post on January 3, 2022. He also [...]

15 11, 2021

Safeena: An Afghan refugee finds welcome and opportunity in Lowell

2023-02-06T15:21:11-05:00November 15th, 2021|

Safeena poses with her three children. Safeena came to Lowell, MA as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2017, with her husband, two young children, and another baby on the way. She knew there would be challenges ahead. “My parents were here, so I was a little bit confident,” she says, but she [...]

20 09, 2021

A Tribute to Newell Flather, Philanthropic Leader

2022-02-24T17:08:47-05:00September 20th, 2021|

Newell Flather, an impactful philanthropist and a steadfast friend to Lowell’s immigrant community, died last week. Newell was the founder of GMA Foundations, and he was also widely recognized for his early work in creating new community foundations throughout New England, including the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Newell grew up [...]

29 06, 2021

Senator Elizabeth Warren visits IINE in Lowell

2024-02-15T12:35:48-05:00June 29th, 2021|

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) today. She met with the Lowell CHC leadership, toured the Mill City Grows mobile market, and visited IINE’s new offices on the second floor of the Health Center. Senator Warren participated in a roundtable discussion with Lowell CHC staff [...]

19 02, 2021

International Institute of New England (IINE) to be Housed at Lowell Community Health Center

2022-04-05T15:55:36-04:00February 19th, 2021|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2021 Contacts: Clare Gunther, Lowell Community Health Center, ClareGu@lchealth.org, 978-746-7891 International Institute of New England (IINE) to be Housed at Lowell Community Health Center Move will enhance organizations’ ability to provide comprehensive social services, education and healthcare to Lowell’s refugee and immigrant communities LOWELL, MA -- The International Institute [...]

12 11, 2020

The difference between two Mondays

2022-02-24T17:13:25-05:00November 12th, 2020|

After a momentous weekend, our staff returned to work—either virtually or in person—yesterday. Here’s what their Monday looked like: In Boston, a member of the Employment team helped an immigrant client file an application for unemployment. They had been working at a nearby hotel for a number of years before being furloughed and eventually [...]

20 08, 2020

Memory lane calling – IINE client comes full circle

2022-02-24T17:14:24-05:00August 20th, 2020|

By Sherry Spaulding, Education and Youth Program Manager I received a very special phone call today. It was Samuel Jordan, the 74-year-old patriarch of a Liberian family who was my very first job placement client when I started working at IINE’s Lowell office as an Employment Specialist in 2004. He was calling to tell [...]

6 08, 2020

She was an asylee with COVID-19 and needed help – IINE responds

2024-02-15T12:37:24-05:00August 6th, 2020|

This message comes from Sabyne Denaud, IINE’s Community Services Manager in Lowell. She shared this story as part of our All Together campaign, made possible by a generous $15k match offer from a family foundation and friend of IINE. This month, they will match every donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000 $30,000.  Like my colleagues, I’ve been working from home since [...]

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