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Immigration Changes Offer Hope

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We are thankful for the first steps taken by our President to address the broken immigration system. Many families will remain united and find relief from some of their suffering, including those in the Fox Valley, as a result of this policy change.

While many have been discouraged by Congress's failure to act, we find hope in the courageous action taken by President Obama.

Comprehensive reform is still needed, and we continue to look to Congress to bring forward a solution, which a majority of Americans continue to call for.

Watch an except from the announcement here.

Walk in our Shoes

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Walk In Our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience

The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants understand what it’s like to live as a Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to focus and sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.  In the simulation, up to 52 participants assume the roles of up to 26 Latino individuals.  The experience lasts from two to three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their reactions and experiences.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants a greater understanding of Latinos living in our community—especially those who have contact with the local Latino population. Walk in our Shoes is an excellent tool for diversity training, leadership, and staff development.

Educators: School administrators, staff, teachers, counselors, students  (high school, college) 

Community Leaders: Business professionals, government, law enforcement, universities, Chamber of Commerce staff 

Non Profits, Churches: leaders, social service workers, non-profit agency staff

Why attend or host a simulation event?

  • To experience the power, impact and benefits of Walk in our Shoes firsthand
  • To learn about the issues facing Latinos in our community
  • To increase understanding, community conversation, cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • To combat myths, stereotypes and promote cultural understanding
  • To learn about opportunities to be a catalyst for change

How Does the Simulation Work?

ESTHER provides a facilitator and a team of volunteers to conduct the simulation. We can involve volunteers from your organization or draw from our own volunteer base, depending on your needs. Our facilitators and many of our volunteers are Latinos or those who have worked side-by-side with the Latino community and organizations that serve Latinos. We draw from diverse backgrounds and experience to present the most effective simulation possible.

Is There a Cost?

The normal cost to conduct the simulation in the Fox Valley region is $300 for non-profit organizations and $500 for for-profit organizations. Simulations occurring outside of the Fox Valley will incur an additional charge for travel expenses.

Are There Any Additional Requirements?

  • A room large enough to accommodate 26-52 people with space to move, interact and set up tables that act as resource stations for the simulation
  • A minimum of 7 volunteers supplied by the organization (available 45 minutes prior to simulation)
  • Completed enrollment form (minimum 26 participants/maximum of 52)
  • Optional – projector/table/video screen or empty wall for projection
  • Room setup -10 tables, 50-75 chairs

How Can I Register?

Send an email indicating your interest, date and the number of people in your group to: office@esther-foxvalley.org

Questions About Attending or Hosting A Simulation?

For more information about Walk In Our Shoes please contact: (920) 843-8083

Latino Simulation, Martin Luther King Day, Saint Norbert College

On January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Saint Norbert College hosted a presentation of “In Our Shoes,” the Latino Similation developed by ESTHER with support from ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team. More than 50 people took part in the experience. Click below to see what happened.

Video of MLK Day Latino Simulation at Saint Norbert College

A big “Thank You!” to the College for hosting the simulation, and to its Communications Office for producing the video and allowing us to share it with you.

Latino Simulations Kick Off in the Fox Valley

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The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required; see below about how to RSVP.

This simulation was developed through the support and efforts of ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT), ESTHER, and dedicated individuals in our community.

RSVPs are required in advance.  To ensure your spot in the simulation, please send your name and the date you plan to attend to latinosimulation@gmail.com

Thursday, November 21st, 6:00-9:00 pm
St. Therese Catholic Church
213 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton

To download a flyer, CLICK HERE!

Latino Simulation Ready For Prime Time

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ShoesOur Latino simulation, Walk in Our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience, is now ready for prime time! The three-hour simulation gives participants an opportunity to learn first-hand about the problems and obstacles faced by Latino immigrants in our community—problems like getting jobs, entering school or obtaining health care. Participants in the trial run of the simulation in July found it a very moving and educational experience. Now you can schedule the simulation for your organization.  To do so, contact Penny Robinson at penny.robinson@esther-foxvalley.org.

Contact Congressmen Ribble and Petri about Immigration Reform

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Rep. Thomas PetriRep. Reid RibbleThis has been an exciting year in the fight for immigration reform. After years of effort, a reform bill has passed the Senate and is awaiting action by the House. Even so, any hope of reform this year depends on persuading our representatives to support it.

Representatives Reid Ribble and Thomas Petri have indicated that they may support reform, but in order to do so, they need to see more support for it in their districts. Now is the time to take action and build momentum for a vote after the House’s August break.

Immigration Reform: Let’s Make It Happen

Latina mother holding childESTHER’s immigration task force has been calling for several years for immigration policy that is consistent with our faith values, keeps families together, provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already here, and expands legal avenues for workers to enter the U.S. Now that an immigration reform bill has been introduced in the Senate, it’s time to get behind the effort to pass it and then to implement it in a humane way. Humane immigration reform has many enemies, and this is no time for us to be complacent.

Click here to fill out a postcard to be sent to your member of Congress.

Read More (below) to learn how you can help.

Walk in Their Shoes--Latino Simulation Passes First Test

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FootprintsThe first trial run of ESTHER’s Latino Simulation, held on May 22, was a great success, with about 50 people participating. The goal of the simulation is to foster community awareness about the challenges Latinos face in our community. What was learned in this first trial run will help in fine-tuning the simulation before its public release later in the summer. If your group would like to schedule a simulation, contact Penny at penny.robinson@esther-foxvalley.org.

Walk in Our Shoes: Latino Simulation Coming this Fall

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footprintsThe Fox Valley’s 20,000 Latinos live among us, but we do not really know them. As our ancestors did, they have come to make a better life for themselves and their children. But their efforts are complicated by a restrictive and politicized immigration system. ESTHER’s up-coming Latino Simulation will give participants a chance to deepen their understanding of the problems that our Latino neighbors face: finding jobs and transportation, obtaining health care, keeping their documentation up-to-date or living without it, and trying to understand a strange language and culture.

 

Dream for All: What your faith says about immigration

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We have been hearing a lot about immigration on the news lately.  Come to this event and hear more about what your faith tradition says about immigration and how we are to respond to immigrants in our communities. Voices of Hope, sharing real life stories of immigrants in the Fox Valley will also present.

Date: Thursday, April 18th

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: First English Lutheran Church (326 North St, Appleton)

Click here to download the flyer.

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