New Data: Black immigrants on the front lines of COVID-19


Building on previous NAE research looking at the role of Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, we take a look at the role of the one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States today, Black immigrants, in healthcare and other essential industries.

Since 2010, the number of Black immigrants has increased significantly, growing by 30 percent from 3.3 million in 2010 to 4.3 million in 2018. Today, Black immigrants make up more than 1.3 percent of the total U.S. population. As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Black immigrants — immigrants who identify as Black regardless of country or region of birth — are playing an important role on the front lines in healthcare, food supply, education, and biomedical industries. read more

V4A gets a boost with 3 college interns this summer



SALLY GACHERU-Administrative Assistant

SALLY GACHERU will be responsible with managing and distributing information within the office. This generally includes answering phones, taking memos and maintaining files. Administrative assistant is in charge of sending and receiving correspondence, Organize and schedule meetings and appointments. She will be responsible in all our youth and kids program, follow up with parents, new program enrollments and all summer activities. SALLY GACHERU is a student at St Louis University studying biomedical engineering, Pre-medicine. read more

St. Louis Character: Geoffrey Soyiantet helps Africans find footing in St. Louis

St. Louis Character: Geoffrey Soyiantet helps Africans find footing in St. Louis


Geoffrey Soyiantet came to St. Louis with about $50 in his pocket. 

A winner of America’s Diversity Visa lottery, which randomly selects 50,000 green card recipients from an annual applicant pool of 23 million annually, Soyiantet picked St. Louis because he knew someone here from his native Kenya. But life wasn’t easy when he arrived in 2004. Although Soyiantet held a B.A. in economics, his lack of American education, experience or references made it hard to find a job. Soyiantet enrolled in an MBA program at Lindenwood University, supporting himself by housekeeping at Holiday Inn and washing dishes at the Hilton.  read more

Building Momentum Speaker Series-Culture and Communication


Building Momentum speaker series is a networking event and speaker series for immigrants and friends of immigrants, hosted by Vitendo4Africa. V4A hopes to build momentum for a better future by providing an opportunity for you to meet new people and hear community and youth immigrant leaders share their successes, failures, and lessons learned.
Personal stories helps us know more about who we are, other people, their culture and to remind us about many similarities we share with other communities. read more

COVID-19 Regional Response Fund


The St. Louis Community Foundation assembled a coalition of local influential organizations to create the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, which will direct resources to regional nonprofits that are serving local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.

Modeled after a similar effort undertaken by the Seattle Foundation, this initiative is the fastest, most efficient way to get funds to the local nonprofits serving the people most affected.

The Coalition

Numerous organizations representing charitable funders, the business community, and community organizations formed a coalition to financially support the Regional Response Fund. We are in contact with addition potential partners and funders and will be throughout the pandemic. Please join us. read more

Selfcare Tips on COVID-19 and more resources


Tips for Keeping yourself safe from Covid 19

.Wash hands often .Disinfect surfaces daily that are touched often such as doorknobs, light switches, sink knobs, bathtub knobs, toilet knob, fridge knobs, phones, remotes etc.
  • Products good at disinfecting surfaces: lysol spray, by rubbing alcohol- put in a spray bottle
  •  Bleach- dilute with water
    • A capful or two of bleach mixed with water is good for disinfecting dishes or surface
    Eat healthy to boost your immune system
    • Vegetables (fresh if possible)
    • Fruits (fresh if possible)
    • Apple Juice and Orange Juice
    Take daily vitamins from plants Sleep 7-9 hours for adults and teens
    • Younger children need more sleep
    Create a daily schedule or to do list:=&0=&

St Louis Immigrant Region Community COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONDERS

St Louis Immigrant Region Community Contacts
31-Mar-20 COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONDERS Cell phones are not for public use Confidential
First Name Last Name Title Organization Phone (cell) Email Communties Served Websites & COVID-19 Links
Diego Abente President & CEO Casa de Salud 202-631-8326 immigrant medical services
Ellen Alper CEO NCJW St Louis 314-482-6732  immigrant community advocate
Lourdes Bailon Founder St Louis Juntos 469-358-8097 Spanish language information
Yvonne Buhlinger Vice President Affinia Healthcare Foundation 314-562-7153  immigrant communities
Rita Chang Program Coordinator IFCLA & ISPN 314-721-2977 Immigrant Service Provider Network
Betsy Cohen Executive Director St Louis Mosaic Project 314-615-8107  immigrant advocate
Anna Crosslin President & CEO International Institute – St Louis 314-773-9090 Immigrants
Caroline Fan Immigrant/Asian Community Advocate 202-255-9906 Asian & immigrant communities in general
Ricardo Garza Head Soccer Coach STLCC & Owner Club Atletico  & Crossover Media 314-581-8419 immigrant multi-media consultant
Nermana Huskic Executive Director RukaNade, Inc. (501c3) 314-665-0675  Bosnian community, faith communities
Ajdin Ibrisagic President Bosnian Chamber of Commerce 314-383-6607 Bosnian community, faith communities
Sara John Executive Director St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America 636-222-7621 Latino & other immigrant communities advocate
Alejandra Johnson President Hispanic Bar Association 314-477-7676 immigrant advocate & HLG Board Member
Marie Kenyon Director, Peace & Justice Commission Archdiocese of St Louis 314-792-7062 immigrant advocacy/multi-language masses
James Klein Editor Diario Digital 314-456-0254  Spanish & English Internet Daily News
Aldin Lolic Bosnian Community Leader & Advocate 314-440-3533 Bosnian community, faith communities
Tony Maldonado President Hispanic Leaders Group – STL 314-220-1382 Latino, Hispanic communities
Karlos Ramirez President & CEO Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 314-614-4888  Hispanic, Latino & immigrant communities in general
Gabriela Ramirez-Arellano Business Counselor – Hispanic Chamber HCC & Co-Founder, St Louis Juntos 248-495-4994 Spanish language information
Mededith Rataj Chairperson Immigrant Service Provider Network 314-960-6362 Immigrant Advocacy & Services
Mogi Sidiqi Muslim Community Activist 314-359-1254 Afghan, Arab, Bosnian, Turkish, and Desi communities
Geoffrey Soyiantet Executive Director Vitendo4Africa 314-252-0488 African & other immigrant communities
Sal Valadez Representative, Diversity and Outreach Missouri & Kansas Laborers’ District Council 319-383-6200 immigrant community advocate – HLG Board Member
Author:  Sal Valadez

Coronavirus Information and available resources in St Louis


Coronavirus Information & Resources in St Louis

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