|Asylum Hill Multicultural Resource Corner Grand Opening January 26, 2017 at|
Catholic Charities' Asylum Hill Family Center in Hartford, CT
Jennifer Cassidy, Georges Annan-Kingsley,
State Representative Matt Ritter and Moureen Bish (L-R)
cut the ribbon opening the
Asylum Hill Multicultural Resource Corner
|Jennifer Cassidy (L), Georges Annan-Kingsley (third from right) and Liz Gustafson (R)|
welcome Roger Rugina, James Rugina, and Benedict Muliro from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Benjamin Simpini from Togo.
|Moureen Bish (R) welcoming the AHNA Multicultural Resource Corner to|
its new office at Catholic Charities' Asylum Hill Family Center
|Georges Annan-Kingsley speaking at the Resource Corner dedication|
Welcoming Committee member and Asylum Hill resident Georges Annan-Kingsley (a medical refugee from Côte d'Ivoire) spoke about the long-term need for a full fledged multicultural center. "When I came here, alone at first without my family, this neighborhood became my family. Through the work of the Welcoming Committee, we found out it [would be] good if we can have a place where those people coming from some place else can meet together as a family and keep [their] culture. This is what the framework is for creating a multicultural center where people can preserve and share their culture, and be proud of their culture -- and broaden American culture."
|Jennifer Cassidy chats with Fouad Abbood a 2014 refugee from Iraq|
and former security services interpreter
|Lar Pwe Paw (Burma) and Nayomi Dasanayke (Sri Lanka) |
share a moment at the Resource Corner Dedication
Don Shaw, Jr.
Writer and Editor
Don Shaw, Jr. photos