Welcoming Week 2021: September 10-19

Reminding the Greater Nashua Community that Belonging Begins With Us

Welcoming Week, YMCA of Greater Nashua



The YMCA of Greater Nashua Celebrates Welcoming Week and Reminds the Greater Nashua Community that Belonging Begins with Us

Welcoming Week

This Welcoming Week (September 10-19), the YMCA of Greater Nashua will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of the country. The event is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites people as a community.

“This year, we’re reminding our community that “Belonging Begins with Us,” said Micheal LaChance, CEO. “Whether it’s starting a new job, moving to a new neighborhood or starting a new school, we’ve all had moments where we felt like we didn’t belong. It’s a universal feeling that we all can relate to—but for people who move to this country experiencing language barriers, cultural differences and more, feeling excluded can take years to overcome. We all have the power to help others feel they belong; each of us can help others, regardless of their background, feel like they are seen, embraced, welcomed and included in our community.”


During Welcoming Week, the YMCA of Greater Nashua asks that you engage with the posts on our web site, visit our branches to participate in events happening there, and utilize the below lists to further enrich your Welcoming Week experience:



Stories tend to help us relate to and further understand complex subjects. Stories like those found in the books below can help our community’s youth understand the many facets, challenges and opportunities of immigration in America. Take a look at these Great Reads on Immigration for Youth and Adults.

Books for Kids and Young Readers
“Front Desk” by Kelly Yang
“The Only Road” by Alexandria Diaz
“Other Words For Home” by Jasmine Warga
“The Day You Begin” by Jaqueline Woodson
“From North to South” by René Laínez
“A Different Pond” by Bao Phi
“Two White Rabbits” by Jairo Buitrago

Books for Adults
“Exit West” by Moshin Hamid
“The Good Immigrant” Edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman
“Home Fire” by Kamila Shamsie
“Unaccompanied” by Javier Zamora
“Call Me American” by Abdi Nor Iftin
“Things Are Good Now” by Djamila Ibrahim
“Refuge” by Dina Nayeri
“The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
“The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui



Films and movies help us better understand complex subjects through great visuals and acting. Stories like those found in the movies below can help our community understand the many facets, challenges and opportunities of immigration in America. Take a look at these Great Films on Immigration for Youth and Adults.

Films for Adults
“I Learn America” Directed by Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng
“Vida Diferida” Directed by Brenda Ávila-Hanna
“Brooklyn” Directed by John Crowley
“Fatima’s Drawings” Directed by Magnus Wenman
“The Namesake” Directed by Mira Nair
“Waking Dream” Directed by Theo Rigby
“A Better Life” Directed by Chris Weitz
“Made in L.A.” Directed by Almudena Carracedo
“Which Way Home” Directed by Rebecca Cammisa

Films For Kids
“An American Tail” Directed by Don Bluth




About the Y
Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide. ymca.org

About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 10-19 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.

Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. www.welcomingamerica.org.


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