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

Welcoming Story: Karel’s father from the Netherlands

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Dina de Veer is a staff member on the Active Voice team. She recently interviewed her father, Karel de Veer, who shared a touching story about the kind way his father was treated by their landlord upon arriving to the United States from the Netherlands decades ago.

Welcoming Story: Marija from Macedonia

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

In 2009, Marija moved from Macedonia (former Yugoslavia) to the United States. The moment she arrived to the States, she jumped right into a co-shared apartment. This is Marija’s story of learning how to reduce and reuse in a new country while she experiences the journey of discovering friends and a home. Plus 4 useful websites!

How You Can Create a Welcoming Story!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Did you immigrate and feel particularly welcomed by someone you’d like to thank? Or know someone you’d like to interview for their story? Create your video or digital story! Here are questions to help you:

What country did you come from and when did you arrive in the United States? What was your biggest challenge early on? Tell a short story about someone special who helped you. How did you feel about that person? If that person were here with us today, what would you like to tell them?

Please begin by saying “My name is ____ and this is my Welcoming Story.” And when uploading your story to YouTube or Vimeo (or similar), please name it “Welcoming Story: [Your First Name] from [Country of Origin]”. Then send us the link!

Nika’s Story

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

“Nika” Vagner came to New York in 1989 from Warsaw, Poland. In her Welcoming Story, Nika remembers the moment she first learned she was leaving home forever, how she felt in an American classroom before she spoke English and how a sit-com and a teacher had a lasting influence on her life to this day.


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Artist Doug Minkler presents his art work specifically to welcome immigrants. It is called “Bienvenidos.”

Watch this Welcoming Story by YouTube’s carolharveysf