Model & Strategy

Welcoming America supports a national network of governmental and non-governmental organizations working to build local support for immigrants and advance inclusion and prosperity. Their ultimate goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere, community by community, in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Through Welcoming America’s local leadership affiliates, communities nurture a homegrown culture of receptivity and inclusion. Welcoming America now serves the nation’s refugee resettlement network through a contract with the federal government.

In an effort to breakdown divisive attitudes and cultural misunderstandings, Welcoming Committees use key communications tools such as billboards, websites, open forums and the media to educate the general public and breakdown barriers to community integration that immigrants struggle to overcome. Direct engagement through public forums presents an opportunity for constructive, facilitated dialogues whereby native-born residents can openly discuss apprehensions and concerns as well as come to find shared values and aspirations across cultural lines. Welcoming America believes that in a land of opportunity, our communities are strongest when everyone who lives in them feels welcome.

At a Glance
Founded: 2009
Civic Engagement
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast
Welcoming America
P. O. Box 2554
Decatur, GA 30031
Building a nation of neighbors
David Lubell Welcoming America
Meet David Lubell

Welcoming America is David Lubell’s second nonprofit startup. His first venture was the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), an organization that continues to build a statewide voice for Tennessee’s growing immigrant community. While at TIRRC he saw firsthand the need for a project that could reach out to everyday Tennesseans struggling to adjust to the demographic changes taking place all around them. He helped found the Welcoming Tennessee project to achieve that vision, and later left TIRRC to replicate the work nationally through Welcoming America.

David was chosen as a 2015 Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, culminating in his presentation at their annual 2016 meeting in Davos, Switzerland where he spoke on integrating refugees. David was named as one of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “40 Under 40” for 2016 as a trailblazer in crafting innovative new approaches to entrenched problems. David is recognized as an Ashoka Fellow and one of Univision’s top ten social entrepreneurs in the Americas.

IMPACT

Currently, 100 Welcoming America members are driving community-wide change and actively building more inclusive and welcoming communities that support the full civic, economic, and social participation of newAmericans and all residents

In 2016, WA hosted 90 trainings to an audience of over 7,000 participants. Additionally, 700 local organizations partnered to host over 390 Welcoming Week events which drew 50,000 attendees.

  • One camp in Pittsburgh takes immigrant and refugee children from across Allegheny County, a Welcoming Community, an… https://t.co/VUd1D2f8l9
  • RT @geierman: Tonight Doraville's council voted to join @WelcomingUSA 's One Region Initiative for Metro Atlanta. The goal is to take visib…
  • This new tool includes how to develop an inclusive approach to economic development, tips for success, and key stra… https://t.co/YkFKI3v4YE
  • RT @ilctr: NEW! @WelcomingUSA’s helpful guide is packed with strategies for building a welcoming local economy: https://t.co/C43O06UQZ5 #Re…
  • There are many ways that we can show how welcoming we are. Communities can stand up and do their part but there are… https://t.co/a6MjIAWFR9
  • Your voice will always "reign". Aretha's music created so much happiness, was a voice in the struggle for the civil… https://t.co/WbiOmIMynu
  • Did you know 96% of DACA survey respondents are currently employed or enrolled in school, not to mention that the p… https://t.co/GqI837mVoO
  • RT @RachelPeric: Great piece by @bradchilcott shows a better way that politicians globally should heed @WelcomingUSA @WelcomingUSA https://…
  • RT @mayorethananc: National #WelcomingWeek is a month away, Sept. 14-23, and brings communities together to celebrate unity and building st…
  • A city that continues to be a beacon for welcoming is Louisville, Kentucky. In case you missed it they were recentl… https://t.co/5d0NqgTcSP
  • The size of your city or town has nothing to do with how welcoming you can be. O'Neill a town of no more than 3,500… https://t.co/3IRPOyv0DO
  • RT @ilctr: Happening this week! Free webinar from @WelcomingUSA on building an inclusive local economy: https://t.co/vyOaNyGiQa
  • Sometimes it's family who knows us best, even our bad sides..check out this article from Politico on Stephen Miller… https://t.co/xTM3uoYCyn
  • RT @RachelPeric: Belatedly sharing my latest blog, focused on what it will take to unite us - and recognizing that in these turbulent and o…
  • Don't miss a timely opinion piece in USA Today by Jim Jones, a U.S. veteran, former chief justice of the Idaho Supr… https://t.co/tSD6Y68GD8
  • The University of Southern California (@MSWatUSC) has recently published an infographic about the mental health eff… https://t.co/C5RAYmQXC9
  • Welcoming America at its core is an organization driven by hope and focused on uniting communities. One small act o… https://t.co/W044TKJarA
  • RT @rachsieg: Banks commonly ask questions about citizenship to collect data on their customers, and to spot money laundering or even terro…
  • At Welcoming America we believe in the power of inclusion and unity. We know that communities are stronger when we… https://t.co/WJuAR4fpF0
  • The Mayors of Salt Lake City & Salt Lake County, both Welcoming America members, take a stand to urge our federal g… https://t.co/cPsjkC1yqW