Immigrant Welcome Center opens 5 new branches in Marion Co.

Centers offer immigrants help with basic skills

INDIANAPOLIS - The Immigrant Welcome Center opened five branches in Marion County on Saturday.

The centers will assist new immigrants and refugees with help in learning English, finding jobs and connecting to public transportation.

“If not for the foreign-born in Indianapolis, Indianapolis would have lost population in numbers. We should be thanking immigrants and refugees for choosing Indianapolis and coming here and starting businesses and hiring new workers, going to school here and raising families here and starting all kinds of businesses and restaurants in the Lafayette Square area,” said executive director Terri Downs.

Officials expect to help at least 1200 people in the new locations throughout 2013.

The centers received a major grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation

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