What is Welcoming Week?
Posted by City of Philadelphia on August 31, 2021
Welcoming Week is a national initiative led by Welcoming America that showcases the growing movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants. In 2021, Philadelphia is joining Welcoming America in declaring that Belonging Begins With Us. Each and every one of us has the power to help others, regardless of their background, to feel like they are seen, embraced, welcomed, and included in our communities.
Whether it’s starting a new job, changing schools or neighborhoods, we’ve all had moments where we felt like we didn’t belong. For people who moved to this country, this experience can last more than a moment. From language barriers to cultural differences, feeling excluded can take years to overcome.
Yet, because we all know how it feels to be excluded, we also know how to make others feel they belong. When that happens, communities can fully harness the strengths, talents, and contributions of each person to build shared prosperity.
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