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
Founder: David Lubell
Current Executive Director: Rachel Peric
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.

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  • RT @JordyneKrumroy: Here at the @DallasPD learning about their UNIDOS program to change external perception and internal action! #WACommuni…
  • RT @pargas8001: Joli, Sgt. Muñoz, and Major Ramirez attending and informing the Office of Welcoming Communities Speaking Presentation #Work…
  • RT @CitiesMigration: Dec. 4 #Webinar A Roadmap to Regional Prosperity: #Municipal #leadership on Immigrant Attraction and Retention" With @…
  • Last month four Welcoming America staff travelled to #Detroit for the annual #NIIC Conference. Read about their rol… https://t.co/JsQKpkmbv0
  • Welcoming America would like to thank @WalmartOrg for their $1M grant. This investment in welcoming and inclusion w… https://t.co/99WCMTLvmQ
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  • Don't forget! Today at 1pm ET you can learn more about Welcoming Network membership. We'll be hosting a webinar on… https://t.co/xVFmJLbsA8
  • RT @GlobalCleveland: We thank all of our stakeholders - 30 organizations, City and County, for their help to make this huge leap from 64th…
  • This National Apprenticeship Week, we applaud members @welcomingcenter + @PhillyOIA for their Immigrant Fellowship Program #NAW2019
  • RT @ANNAPICCINNI: Today a full room #uclgcongress for the launch of the LIAT an action tool to support cities in delivering inclusion acros…
  • Join us TOMORROW for a screening of the HBO documentary, Torn Apart: Separated at the Border, followed by a talk ba… https://t.co/n0xKv9bz9N
  • Congrats to #gatewaysforgrowth recipient San Diego on the hire of their first immigrant affairs manager, a major st… https://t.co/jjQH6CRDri
  • RT @TCBprize: Do you live in a rural community that you wish was more supportive & inclusive of immigrants, refugees, & ALL people? Join to…
  • RT @GlobalDET: When we talk about the economics of migration we need to talk about international students. Speaking at Metropolis North Ame…
  • Torn Apart is a 38-minute documentary tells the story of two mothers who were separated from their young children w… https://t.co/CdBJecdW23
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