Items tagged: New American Welcome Center

State Grant Awarded to Support Asylum Seekers in Champaign County

The City of Urbana, in partnership with the City of Champaign, The Refugee Center, New American Welcome Center, and Cunningham Township Supervisor’s Office, were awarded a $247,918 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services to fund services to asylum seekers in Champaign County. Both Urbana and Champaign City Councils will review acceptance of these […]

2023 Welcoming Interactive

April 26, 2023, Equity and Engagement’s Community Relations Manager, Janel Gomez, and Community Relations Specialist, April Faulkner, attended a 3-day conference hosted by Welcoming America. This conference was an opportunity for communities dedicated to improving immigrant and refugee policy and integration, to come together to network and collaborate. The conference included tours of the beautiful […]

Lunar New Year Celebration

On Saturday, February 11, community members from around Champaign and Urbana got together to celebrate a belated Lunar New Year! April Faulkner (E&E) got the opportunity to enjoy the festivities hosted by the New American Welcome Center. The 2023 Year of the Rabbit was celebrated with fun for the whole family and opportunities to learn about […]


Cynthia Markstahler, Rocio Bautista and Jessica DeVries from the New American Welcome Center (housed at the University YMCA) recently stopped by the City Building to decorate the display case in the atrium. The display case highlights Welcoming Week which begins September 10 and ends September 19. Please stop by the atrium to check out the […]

City Hosts Flag Day Celebration and Citizenship Fair

City Hosts Flag Day Celebration and Citizenship Fair The Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights (ECHO) & the University YMCA New American Welcome Center co-hosted the National Flag Day & Citizenship Fair on June 14. Mayor Feinen provided a welcome speech to kick off the celebration. This event was free, family-friendly, and open to […]

City of Champaign and University Y New American Welcome Center to Host Flag Day Celebration and Citizenship Fair

The City of Champaign’s Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights is co-sponsoring a Flag Day Celebration and Citizenship Fair along with the University Y New American Welcome Center.  The celebration will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Champaign City Building (102 N. Neil St., Champaign). The public is […]