Earlier this summer, the Littleton City Council had voted to defund the LIRC (Littleton Immigration Resource Center), and I'm asking that council to please reconsider. …
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Earlier this summer, the Littleton City Council had voted to defund the LIRC (Littleton Immigration Resource Center), and I'm asking that council to please reconsider.
As a person that has lived all over the U.S., I know from personal experience that moving to a new place has its own set of challenges. Even if you speak the language, finding your place in the community can be very difficult and without the ability to speak the local language almost impossible.
The LIRC provides an invaluable service to Littleton community and is a gateway for new immigrants from all over the world. The LIRC provides not only language resources (accredited teaching materials, sourcing/training/vetting qualified tutors) but matches volunteers with the folks that need help. It is through the interactions with the LIRC staff and volunteers that immigrants get a personal connection and a better understanding of how they can play a productive role in their new community … Littleton.
America has always been a place that welcomes people from around the world, the LIRC provides a path for actionable integration. The LIRC makes Littleton a better place, which is what we all want.
I'm a local businessman and a first-time tutor and found the experience incredibly rewarding. I've learned a lot from my students and maybe more than they've learned from me.
For those that are interested, there are council budget meetings on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19th and I hope the council will reconsider their decision.
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