Proud to work at FIRC |

Proud to work at FIRC

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the current situation being highlighted in the Summit Daily News regarding illegal immigration. I am proud to say that I work at the Family & Intercultural Resource Center where we provide assistance to the very diverse community of people who call Summit County home. Through our organization, I have assisted families who have lived in Summit County for 30 years and people who have arrived only days prior. The immigrant families with whom I have worked have had one common goal in coming to Summit County – to provide a better life for themselves and their children. Understanding that they cannot provide a life of possibility and opportunity for their children, parents must make a choice to uproot their family and travel to a country where this is possible. These families strive to re-create the sense of community they might have had at home, within their new communities. Understanding the benefits to both the new and receiving communities due to a more cohesive relationship is critical. The assistance I provide to immigrant clients is no different than the assistance provided to long-time locals. Many times people simply hit hard times and need a step up to get back on track. There is much our community can gain by embracing the positive contributions that occur daily thanks to the diverse faces of our citizens.

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