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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

Dr. Judith A. Diers

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

A Welcoming Story from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Dr. Judith A. Diers (ELCA) shares how welcoming has been a part of her family’s life ever since she could remember.


Saturday, February 19th, 2011

College was what brought Shuling from Singapore to the United States back in 2007. With her family still halfway around the world, she has her amazing friends here to thank for helping her feel at home, away from home.

Leila’s Story

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

At 17 Leila didn’t know exactly what she wanted, but she knew it wasn’t an arranged marriage in her native Kenya. Now a New York based restaurateur, Leila talks about who helped her get grounded in America and how certain encounters remind her how grateful she is to be here. Watch her Welcoming Story.

Miss Beverly is seeking new ways to contribute to her community

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Beverly is among the many people in town who have been hit by the economic downturn, and she is currently seeking work that will allow her to apply her talents and make a difference in Shelbyville and beyond. A determined and passionate woman, she has been making ends meet by taking on occasional catering jobs and – most recently – doing an apprenticeship with a dressmaker in North Carolina. She’s currently selling some of her dresses on her Facebook page, and is actively seeking volunteer and employment opportunities. “Despite the ups and downs I’ve gone through over the past two years,” she reflects, “I’ve realized how much I have to offer my community. I just need a job to help keep me going!”

Hawo has moved, but “Shelbyville is still home”

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Even though Hawo recently moved to Kentucky where her two sons live, she still calls Shelbyville home. She came back to Shelbyville in January for a gathering at Ms. Luci’s house, with a CD of Somali music in hand. She popped it into the CD player and did an impromptu dance performance for the group with her friend Fadumo. Miss Beverly promptly requested a copy of the CD.