Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for Business Information Session November 5th

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for a BUSINESS INFORMATION SESSION

featuring presentations on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, and Success Stories

presented by:

Delgado Community College,
Sharmaine James (Condall Consulting Groups, LLC) &
James A. Mendez, CPA (Aretê Partners)

Thursday, November 5, 2015
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Andrew P. Sanchez Recreation Center
1616 Caffin Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

To RSVP, residents or business owners can click here or contact Margrett Frazier in the Office of Economic Development at (504) 658-4237 /

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Building Welcoming Communities Campaign: Discussion on Immigration/Refugee Issues to Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) November 16th

Dear Welcoming Community Leader:

Thank you again for your commitment to the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign (BWCC).

As many of you know, last month the White House hosted a national Building Welcoming Communities Convening. The convening provided a meaningful opportunity for local municipal governments to learn from each other, federal agencies to offer technical assistance, and national experts to share insights on emerging best practices. We would like to thank those of you that attended and made this convening a success.

This Month, as part of the monthly BWCC Webinar Series, we will host a conversation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss immigration/refugee issues related to the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) and 2016 Open Enrollment. This webinar will take place on the week of November 16th. Please stay tuned for more details on how to sign-up for this webinar and to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is working to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare in communities across the country.

Below are additional updates and resources.


We would like to thank all those who completed the BWCC Enrollment Form. Based on BWCC submissions, we have identified top areas for technical assistance needs. We will work with federal agencies and national partners to explore opportunities to provide technical assistance in each of these areas throughout 2016. Additionally, we will be setting up one-on-one conversations with participating BWCC cities and counties to get a better sense of immediate resources and tools we can provide.

The top eight (8) areas of need identified:

1. Expanding access to resources through language access policies, programs and practices.
2. Enhancing trust between communities and law enforcement through hiring practices, relationship building, public education and other mechanisms.
3. Harness immigrant professional talent through career ladder, credentialing, international student retention and other efforts focused on highly skilled immigrants.
4. Connecting communities by bringing people from across the community together through dialogues, events, mentoring projects and other opportunities.
5. Assess and better understand the community by improved data collection, setting priorities and identifying local resources.
6. Promoting citizenship awareness so that immigrants understand the benefits of naturalization and receiving communities welcome their newest citizens.
7. Adapt workforce systems by convening key workforce, education and immigrant stakeholders to identify areas of opportunity as well as for improvements
8. Support entrepreneurship by strengthening local ecosystems and networks, accelerating business development and positive communications.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the enrollment form, please let us know or contact Cynthia at


Connecting Refugees to Workforce Development Opportunities: Promising Partnerships and the New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – On November 4, 2015, 1:00-2:30PM, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a webinar with the Department of Labor to highlight the opportunities for refugee organizations to enhance services and develop new partnerships with workforce development agencies with the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. To register for this webinar, please click HERE.

Investing Deeply in Young Leaders – On November 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM, ED will host a webinar. In this webinar, panelists will explore the different models for investing in immigrant youth leaders from a variety of different backgrounds. To register, please visit the Educational and Linguistic Integration Webinar Series webpage.

Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Career Training – On December 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM, ED will host a webinar. In this webinar, panelists will share current research on how to create accessible pathways to postsecondary education and career training for immigrants. To register, please visit the Educational and Linguistic Integration Webinar Series webpage.

ED Releases New Resource Guide on Supporting Undocumented Youth – In an effort to ensure that all students have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college and careers, the Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with USCIS, released a resource guide to help educators, school leaders, and community organizations better support undocumented youth in secondary and postsecondary school, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

USCIS Updates Welcome Guide for New Immigrants: On November 2, USCIS published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. It is now available in 14 languages, including:
· Arabic

· Chinese (traditional)

· Chinese (simplified)

· English

· French

· Haitian Creole

· Korean

· Portuguese

· Russian

· Somali

· Spanish

· Tagalog

· Urdu

· Vietnamese


Task Force on New Americans
The White House | Domestic Policy Council

Volunteers Needed for CCANO Naturalization Workshop November 6th

Dear All-

Thank you so much for your assistance recruiting volunteers for CCANO’s previous and/or current naturalization workshops. Our next workshop is this coming Friday and although we have put the word out we are still short on volunteers to help the nearly 60 clients we have pre-registered complete their applications at a cost of only $50. We are still hoping to fill about 30 2-hour volunteer slots from 9 am to 3 pm. Would it be possible to please disseminate the information below one last time to any attorney list-serves, law student groups, etc. with folks who might be interested in helping low-income members of our community become U.S. citizens?


Annie Johnston, Esq.
Immigration Staff Attorney
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Dear All:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans will be hosting a one-day naturalization workshop at 2505 Maine Avenue in Metairie on November 6, 2015 from 9 am until 5 pm. We have already pre-registered nearly 60 applicants.

We thank those of you who helped at the last citizenship workshop (& hope you’ll come back!), and we welcome new volunteers! This call for volunteers includes a need for:

1. Legal: Attorneys/ law students/ paralegals who can help eligible applicants fill out the naturalization application (a.k.a. Form N-400).

2. Translators: to assist attorney/law students/ paralegals fill out N400s

3. General: volunteers to help register applicants, set up, shut down, etc.

During the workshop, each applicant will be screened for naturalization eligibility by one of our staff BIA Accredited Representatives. Those applicants who are deemed eligible to apply for naturalization will then be sent to a volunteer station to fill out the naturalization applications. We are allocating roughly 2 hours to prepare each application. All applications filled out by volunteers will be reviewed by our staff before they are mailed to USCIS. Each volunteer must sign up for a minimum of two hours, although four hours to complete two applications would be preferable.

We will hold a brief training session beginning at 8 AM on the morning of the workshop. If you are interested and available to volunteer at any of the times below, please write your name, contact information and volunteer title (legal/ translator/ general) in all of the time slots that you will be available and send the chart back in a reply to Reyna Croft If you know others who might be interested, please forward. THANK YOU!

All Soul’s Soul-A-Bration III Gumbo Gala November 20th

Grace and peace in Jesus the Risen Christ be with you your family.

I am Reverend Edward Thompson and serve as the Pastor and Priest-in-Charge at All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center in New Orleans’ historic Lower Ninth Ward. Established by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana in the aftermath of, and in response to, the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina, we are a small faith community striving to respond to the enormous human needs around us.

We run an after-school homework assistance program along with music and other enrichment activities for Pre-K through Middle School age kids, Monday through Thursday. We also are a hub for food, used clothing and used furniture assistance while offering sewing lessons to young and older women, computer, internet and printing facilities, and short-term housing for mission groups from around the country and beyond (Paris, France, for example) who come to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts in the 9th Ward. These services are offered at virtually little to no cost to our community. Grants, individual donations and fundraisers are what help sustain these essential services.

Our annual fundraiser that supports these programs is SOUL-A-BRATION, an evening of good music, good New Orleans cuisine, a raffle of great prizes and a silent auction which is usually the evening’s highlight. This year’s SOUL-A-BRATION will feature a “Gumbo Cook-Off” competition in which folks will have the opportunity to taste and then vote for the best Gumbo.

Please see attached a copy of the invite. We hope that you will join us at this very special event. If you cannot, please consider making a donation to support our community development work.

In His Service,

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Reverend Edward H. Thompson

Soul-A-Bration Invite

Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: “Chat & Chew” November 9th

You Are Invited to a “Chat & Chew” Information Session

Lead poisoning is one of the top childhood environmental health problems facing Louisiana’s children. The most recent stats show that only 16.4% of children younger than 6 years of age were screened for elevated blood levels. More children need to be screened in Louisiana.

MEE Productions invites you to a “Chat & Chew” information session to discuss a new campaign to raise awareness about protecting young children in Louisiana from lead exposure and poisoning. The 90-minute session will be held on November 9, 2015 at the Ashé Cultural Center.

The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) is sponsoring a Lead Prevention Campaign that provides parents and caregivers with information and resources to create lead free zones in their homes and ensure that their children are not at risk for lead poisoning. The campaign is also focused on encouraging medical providers to screen every child for lead exposure at least once by the age of 1. Join us to learn more about local resources and how your organizations can help spread the word and improve the lives of Louisiana’s children.

Because we value your opinion, we would like to get your feedback on our plans and what we can do together to let parents and caregivers in the community know more about how to protect their children from lead exposure. In the “Chat & Chew,” we will:
Provide an overview of the campaign and the various LHHCLPPP resources
Preview the campaign materials that provide steps for creating a lead-free environment in the home; and
Get your feedback on how we can expand the campaign to reach more parents statewide.
The “Chat & Chew” will take place on the following date and time:

November 9, 2015
11:30 am
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113


To RSVP for the “Chat & Chew” information sessions, contact Glennis Saunders ( or Dana Walker ( via e-mail or by calling MEE toll-free at 1-877-MEE-PROD (633-7763).

City of Kenner Hispanic Resource Center: Pro Bono Clinic November 15th

Good Afternoon,

We’ve had to change our date…

Please see attached flyer for the Pro Bono Clinic – Schedule at the C. O. K. Hispanic Resource Center on November 15th to December 5th, 2015 from 10:00AM – 12:00 noon. Please assist us by posting, copying, and forwarding to your colleagues and friends in the community the attached flyer in Spanish and English.
As always we thank you in advance for your assistance in promoting these services to the public

Rebeca L. Hasbún
Supervisor III
City of Kenner, Department of Community Development
Hispanic Resource Center
4312 Florida Avenue
Kenner, Louisiana 70065
Telephone: (504) 469-2570
FAX Number: (504) 469-2572

2015 - Pro Bono Flyer -December 5 - DATE CHANGE - English and Spanish


Department of Health and Hospitals: Health Care Access Training November 12th

The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals will be hosting a health care access training on November 12, 2015 from 10am-12pm in Baton Rouge at the Bienville Building located at 628 N. 4th Street in Room 118. Attendees interested in partnering with Louisiana’s health care clinics will learn the difference between Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers and Community Health Centers and obtain information on upcoming Federal policy agendas that will impact our state. There is no cost to attend this training.
Please refer to the email below for additional information. Feel free to share this email with other who may be interested in working with the health centers.

It’s ALL About Access to Health Care

Health care. Everyone needs it! So, what are the different health care clinics in Louisiana? Come learn about FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers), RHCs (Rural Health Centers), and Community Health Centers. Find out how they differ from a regular doctor’s office and how Louisiana is securing access to primary health services for rural and medical underserved populations.

You’ll also learn about the infrastructure and economic impacts of these facilities upon rural communities. Facts and upcoming Federal policy agendas that will impact Louisiana will be discussed.

This educational session is structured for you to learn in two hours what’s out there, what they are doing, and who they help. Lots of information will be shared and additional resources provided. You’ll become a resource in your community by sharing what you learn!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
10:00 AM – Noon
Department of Health and Hospitals Headquarters
Bienville Building
628 N 4th St
Conference Room 118
Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

No registration required.

Please forward this invitation to anyone that may benefit from this information.