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  2. Dina de Veer is a staff member on the Active Voice team. She recently interviewed her father, Karel de Veer, who shared a touching story about the kind way his father was treated by their landlord upon arriving to the United States from the Netherlands decades ago.

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  3. In 2009, Marija moved from Macedonia (former Yugoslavia) to the United States. The moment she arrived to the States, she jumped right into a co-shared apartment. This is Marija’s story of learning how to reduce and reuse in a new country while she experiences the journey of discovering friends and a home. Plus 4 useful websites!

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  4. Shaady recounts one of her earliest memories growing up as an Iranian in Cincinnati.

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  5. Unlike some new immigrants, Ilona didn’t have any family members to show her the ropes when she first came to the US from Russia. But she met a woman in college who took a special interest in her – and ended up becoming a lifelong friend.

    ABOUT WELCOMING STORIES
    Active Voice and First Person American have teamed up to create Welcoming Stories, a series of short videos that capture these small acts of kindness, big-hearted moments and simple but life-changing connections. Send us yours! Please visit our Welcoming Stories Tumblr (welcomingstories.tumblr.com/) to learn how to submit a “welcoming” story of your own.

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Many immigrants on the road to “becoming an American” were helped by someone along the way. Many have amazing stories to share. We hope to bring together these small acts of kindness, big-hearted moments and simple but life-changing connections and offer


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