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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

2022-02-24T17:06:56-05:00November 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

2022-02-24T17:11:03-05:00June 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

2022-02-24T17:15:08-05:00August 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. You can help us reach our goal by donating at iine.org/match-campaign.  [...]

29 06, 2020

A collaboration between local organizations has brought fresh produce each week to the kitchens of newcomer families in Lowell, Massachusetts.

2022-02-24T17:16:53-05:00June 29th, 2020|

The International Institute of New England officially suspended all its in-person services on March 13. Ever since, we have been working tirelessly and creatively to continue to support our immigrant and refugee communities. We had to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances and keep providing the critical employment, case management, and legal immigration services we have been providing for more than [...]

7 05, 2020

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

2022-02-24T17:18:49-05:00May 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 [...]

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