GRAND ISLAND, Neb (KSNB) On April 22 Governor Pete Ricketts held a Proclamation Ceremony in recognition of National Community Development Week. During Community Development Week, Governor Ricketts and other state leaders recognize the people and projects that have enhanced the quality of life in communities throughout Nebraska and the accomplishments achieved with the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
As part of the ceremony, City Mayor Roger Steele presented the Community Development Award on behalf of the City of Grand Island to the Multicultural Coalition. The Community Development Division previously awarded $25,000 of CDBG funds to the Multicultural Coalition which allowed the organization to move to a larger location and to implement much needed newcomer services in the form of their legal immigration center.
“In Grand Island we embrace three principles: first of all, we embrace our diversity. We are a community made up of people from various places with multiple backgrounds and we believe that is our strength. We cherish them we are proud of our diversity. The other principle is our inclusiveness. We look for ways to make sure people have an opportunity to participate in our civil society; we reach out to them and welcome them when they respond. The last principle we embrace is equality, that everyone is equal under the law and that everyone is entitled to be treated with respect. These are all things our award winner the Multicultural Coalition believes in also.” Said Mayor Steele
By the end of the Multicultural Coalition’s funding period, the agency served 80 households, naturalized 30 residents and removed immigration legal barriers for over 400 clients.
Through individually catered services, the Multicultural Coalition teams up with clients to remove and overcome barriers, with accommodations made for the client’s native language. These newcomers walk out the door with housing, employment, insurance, citizenship or resolved immigration legal problems, ultimately fulfilling dreams of building a better life in Grand Island.
Community Development Administrator Amber Alvidrez said, “Community Development Week is a great time to showcase the partnerships between agencies such as the Multicultural Coalition and the City of Grand Island. Through these partnerships, we are able to create a lasting impact, while continuing to strive for a better quality of life for all within our community.”
National Community Development Week is celebrated in 2019 from April 22-April 26. Community Development Week occurs each year across the United States to celebrate the impacts of community-building programs such as the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs.
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