We Help the Helpers

Navigating, Evaluating, and Creating Services for our Immigrant and Refugee Communities

  • 09/12/2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Central Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012
  • 32


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In the current political landscape, it is more important than ever to make sure that we, as service providers, are re-evaluating the needs of our immigrant and refugee communities and are able to pivot to make sure that we are able to deliver the best level of services to our community members.  With more fear, risk, and changes given the constant changes in rules, regulations, and lived experiences, the need to gather and disseminate information, update education for our staff, and evaluate what services we provide is critical. We will learn how to:

  • Establish what the barriers and benefits are to building a welcoming community
  • Understand various concepts that are integral to working with immigrant and refugee communities
  • Do program evaluation and learn how to understand the needs of the community in order to support immigrants in the changing landscape
  • Build collaborative efforts with other organizations and services
  • Educate both our clients, community members, and staff about how to support, protect, and prepare them in this changing political landscape
  • Connect, communicate and collaborate with the larger movements who have been doing this work for a longer period of time so that we all understand what our community members’ lived experiences are and how best to support them

Meg AllenMeg Allen is the Neighborhood Liaison for Immigrant and Refugee Communities with the City of Aurora.  For nearly two decades, she has worked with our immigrant and refugee communities in the metro area as a bilingual case manager (Spanish-speaking) and as a trainer on improving systems for immigrants and refugees, working with battered immigrant women, Refugee 101, and having immigrants and refugees tell their own stories. 

She is also the Director of Colorado Providers for Integration Network (CPIN) which is a group of service providers and interested community members who believe that one of the paths towards immigrant integration is to raise the level of service provision for immigrants and refugees through collaboration, training, language access, cultural understanding, and awareness.  Through monthly service provider meetings, listserv, social media projects, trainings, collective knowledge, and skill sharing, CPIN aims to increase the integration success rate for clients and fellow community members.  CPIN believes a collective effort is needed to help our immigrant and refugee clients navigate the various systems needed to go from surviving to thriving and contributing.

Eligible for 3 hours CEU

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