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Tuesdays Together: Welcoming New Voices

Posted by Bob on June 10, 2010

Hey, my name is Bob Hayes and I’m new to IMPACT, the Neighbors Campaign, and this blog. Here’s a look at this week’s Tuesdays Together and a recap of the mutual support circle:

Tuesdays Together - June 8

More than forty people met this week for Tuesdays Together in Wheaton. We start every evening with a welcome circle. Everyone is asked to share their name, where they live, and one good thing that happened to them the previous week. I was really excited to hear that so many people, (see Alix’s post today) had as much fun as I did at the Spirit of Silver Spring last weekend.

Like last few weeks, the group split up into the mutual support circle and the English class. Paige and Alpha lead the English class and Rosa, Katie, and Megan lead the mutual support circle.

We were lucky to have both new and returning voices in the circle. Bert and Rita came to their first Tuesdays Together. George and John Paul came down from Gaithersburg to see how a mutual support circle works. Beatriz came all the way from Virginia – she’s looking for a job and an apartment in Wheaton.

Here’s more:

-Maria talked about her successful visit to the Proyecto Salud clinic for medical care and encouraged other folks to check it out.

-Marlene asked about the free cooking class held by Catholic Charities. Abeebech said that they are held on Monday evenings and that Marlene should just show up!

-Wendy and Paola from the Equal Rights Center stopped by. They passed out information about immigrants rights and the Equal Rights Center. The center offers free services to address discrimination issues in housing, public accommodations, employment, and other areas and can help file claims with local, state, and federal human rights agencies.

-Ariseli, Olinda, Beatriz, Juana, and David are all looking for jobs. I brought some clippings from Craigslist and a computer was available to use for job searches. George suggested that people looking for jobs exchange phone numbers and call each other if anyone sees any job openings.

This Saturday we’re knocking doors on Hewitt Avenue in Aspen Hill. Call the IMPACT office (301-495-3336 ) and talk to Megan or Bob if you’re interested in coming out.


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