Refugees welcomed at annual Holiday Party

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At a time when refugee crises around the world are inspiring acts of great generosity – and great fear – International Learning Center’s annual  Holiday Party made a point of welcoming refugees and immigrants who enrich our community. This year’s event featured performances by  refugee students and preschoolers, a visit from Santa, and a potluck meal.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this effort. Heartfelt thanks to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls for generously providing gifts for all (300!), and to State Legislator Dan Riemer who stopped by to welcome refugees and acknowledge the richness that immigrants bring to our community. Hunger Task Force generously handed out free holiday turkeys. We are grateful for all the neighbors and community members who celebrated with us on that day!



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A Portrait Gallery

“Your clients are inspiring!” Many thanks to photographer Jim Wend who was inspired to take these eloquent portraits of International Learning Center students and present each with the gift of a matted print.

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Bocce On the Green with Refugee Elders!

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Students in ILC’s Older Refugee Program have a new favorite sport – bocce ball! They play in weekly tournaments with other seniors at the Washington Park Senior center where they also take part in citizenship classes with ILC’s Gina Palazzo.

Social integration with other seniors is part of the program at Washington Park, where refugee elders also participate in gardening, canoeing, and crafts. Gina explains: “They love playing bocce and the other seniors in the group truly enjoy their company in the game. The seniors have also been delighted at how skillful the ILC students are. They really are so good, especially for having never played! And there’s always a lot of laughter. William started the trend by playing with the group over the summer; the last couple of weeks before summer session ended other students began participating, and now most everyone looks forward to playing.”

citizenship artILC offers FREE Citizenship Classes for refugees age 60 or older.
Classes held at Washington Park Senior Center
4420 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday
9 – 11:00A.M.
Call ILC at 414-344-4777 for registration information.

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Summer at ILC

At the lake, in the garden on the move… summer 2015.

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In Memoriam

Jay Ro rakes

Jay Ro helped out at the new Neighborhood House Garden Park on Earth Day 2015.

Neighborhood House and International Learning Center staff mourn the tragic loss of ILC student Jay Ro.

48-year-old Jay Ro was killed in his home early Thursday morning, June 26,  when suspected armed robbers entered and threatened Ro’s 11-year-old son. Jay Ro, a former Cargill employee, attended a special ESL class for displaced workers. “He was a great student,” said instructor Michelle Martin, “great attendance, working hard in the computer lab, a real role model for everyone.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM on Saturday, July 4th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1445 N. 24th St. Milwaukee, WI 53205. Visitation at church will be from 9AM until time of Mass.

Burial will take place on Monday, July 6th at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 W. Nash St. Milwaukee, WI 53216 at 10AM.
Please meet at the cemetery office within the gate on Nash Street.
Recent Fox6 news coverage also has funeral details, and video about the St Michaels’ community and their support of the family.
Regarding donations….
• Memorial donations will be accepted at St. Michael’s church on Saturday.
• International Learning Center will be collecting cash donations this week.

• Catholic Charities has set up a bank account for the family to cover the cost of the funeral:

Checks may be made out to
Jay Ro Memorial Fund
C/O Park Bank
Downtown CSR’s
330 East Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
If you are interested in making a donation online  please contact ILC instructor Sally Kuzma.
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