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Vol. 6, No. 6 June 2016
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More Volunteers Needed To Help Refugees
Institute expands community engagement services
Volunteers and Institute clients mingle and chat at the International Institute's most recent Community Potluck.
Last fall, the International Institute received permission from the federal government to increase our sponsorships by 300 refugees annually. More refugees are in-need, and fewer resettlement sites are available.
As a result of delays in overseas processing, only 15% of expected refugees arrived in St. Louis during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Since May, our arrival numbers have increased dramatically to compensate for the earlier shortfall.
Accordingly, we have vastly expanded our volunteer opportunities. In May we kicked off the Community Engagement in Resettlement Program (CERP) which drew a new pool of 30 volunteers to the effort. More are needed.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Spotlighted
Two Institute Clients Win Awards
Two of six 2016 Mosaic food entrepreneur honorees benefitted from IISTL's small business services. (from left) St. Louis Economic Development Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney, Alaa Al Derie of Cham Bakery and Vin Ko of the St. Louis Mosaic Project at the June 1 ceremony.
St. Louis has benefitted from a burst of new cuisines and restaurants in recent years. In recognition, six local food entrepreneurs were recently honored with the St. Louis Mosaic Project's inaugural Immigrant Food Entrepreneur Awards.
Two awardees were graduates of the International Institute's small business development program. Abderrahmane Meskine received technical assistance to help him launch Baida Moroccan Restaurant. Alaa Al Derie of Cham Bakery also received TA in addition to a business start-up loan.
Diego Abente, VP & Director of Microenterprise Development at the Institute, said that Meskine and Al Derie benefitted from some guidance, and, in Al Derie's case, a modest loan to get off to the right start. We are proud of our role in the success of these and dozens of other immigrant-owned businesses each year.
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The International: Another Perfect Round
Golfing to benefit the International Institute
"The International," the Institute's annual golf tournament, was a great success. Held again at Glen Echo Country Club, the event netted more than $8,000. Thanks to Armstrong Teasdale, our Silver sponsor, as well as to our many hole sponsors!

Save the Dates!
World Refugee Day
June 20
The world commemorates the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Orientation & Information Sessions
July 6, 2 - 4 pm
July 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Volunteer opportunities range across varying departments and tasks. Each new volunteer is required to attend an orientation and informational session before beginning their service at IISTL. At these sessions, you will learn more about volunteer needs and available positions. Volunteer policies and procedures, requirements, and the application process will be covered. For more information, please contact Carrie Brickey (brickeyc@iistl.org), 314-773-9090, ext. 161.

Festival of Nations
August 27-28
Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, MO. Gather with more than 140,000 visitors for two days of non-stop ethnic music, dance and the most diverse array of food in town. Admission is free! Click here for more information.

Tours of IISTL
Last Wednesday monthly, 10 am
Click here for reservation form. Group tours for more than five visitors can be arranged at other times with adequate advance notice. Also use the form for such requests.

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With our new campus comes new meeting spaces. If you are looking for a space to hold a small meeting or a large event, we may have what you are looking for. For rates and room sizes please visit our rental page.
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