2012 Annual Report MILESTONE YEAR FOR INTERNATIONAL HOUSE Every organiza-on experiences a -me of cri-cal passage and transi-on. For Interna-onal House, our move to the Midwood Interna-onal & Cultural Center (MICC) will be remembered as one of our deﬁning moments!
Since 1981, Interna:onal House has served the CharloCe community by ac:vely promo:ng global diversity, tearing down cultural barriers, and helping immigrants integrate successfully into our community.
We never imagined we would be crea-ng and managing a mul--‐tenant enterprise. But, when the opportunity emerged, we rose to the challenge! Many people worked hard on this project, and I want to oﬀer special recogni-on to board member Monte Ritchey and our capital campaign co-‐chairs, Tony & Lakana Bikhazi. They were instrumental in turning this long-me dream into reality. The demands for the programs and services of Interna-onal House have never been higher. Our immigra-on law clinic has increased the number of people served by an average of 20% for each of the last 3 years. We oﬀered 7 diﬀerent ESL classes in 2012, and our individualized English Tutoring Program saw a 35% increase in students and tutors from the prior year. Our third annual summer program for children with limited English proﬁciency impacted the lives of 145 students, almost doubling the number served during the previous summer. Similarly, our Ci-zen Diplomacy Program hosted hundreds of interna-onal visitors in 2012, including a huge group of 55 guests who were thrilled to par-cipate in the Democra-c Na-onal Conven-on. Interna-onal House con-nues to stay vibrant and relevant, tangibly changing the lives of individuals and directly impac-ng intercultural understanding in our community. We are pleased to oﬀer this annual report and deeply grateful for the support we have received from our many partners and friends.
Denise Cumbee Long, Execu-ve Director
International House Board of Directors
International House Staff Denise Cumbee Long, Execu-ve Director Jackie Berry, Paralegal Kathy Brennan, Immigra-on Aborney Johnelle Causwell, Program Associate
Brad Merlie, President, Piedmont Natural Gas Vince Altamura, Vice-‐President, Wells Fargo Cynthia Aziz, Secretary, Aziz Law Firm, P.A. Anne Croby, Senior Immigra-on Aborney, Tom Hawkins, Treasurer, Firm Resolve, LLC Clinic Director Karim Azar, Globe Express Services Lynne Foreman, Development Director Nini RB Bau-sta de García, Carolinas Asian American Chamber Jelena Giric Held, Senior Paralegal Camille Evans, Aborney Bruce Holliday, Interim Marketing Director Shonali Gupte, Bank of America Gail Johnson, Educa-on Director Brian Heslin, Moore & Van Allen Dana Hicks, Huber Technology, Inc. Lara Printz, Program Director, Interna-onal Violeta Moser, La-n American Women’s Associa-on Visitors Peter Pampillonio, Pro-viRusty Reynolds, Business Manager Monte Ritchey, Conformity Corpora-on Tania Serrano, Legal Assistant Robin Tanner, Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church Satoshi Watanabe, Wells Fargo Corpora-on
Fee for Service: $113,075 Grants - Government: $125,237 Grants - Private: $275,250 Individual Giving: $ 21,489 Special Events: $108,860 Other: $ 18,672 Total
Programs and Services: $480,493 Marketing/Fundraising: $ 99,035 Administration: $ 74,661 Total
In addi'on to the opera'ng income and expenses reported above, the Midwood Capital Campaign raised $99,500 in public sector funding from Charlo@e’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department and an addi'onal $89,430 in private dona'ons for a total of $188,930. These capital funds were earmarked for renova'ons and improvements to the Midwood Interna'onal & Cultural Center.
Ginter Immigration Law Clinic In 2012, the Ginter Legal Clinic served 1058 low-‐income clients needing informa-on, referrals, or legal representa-on regarding US ci-zenship or permanent residency. Clinic staﬀ also represented clients seeking other immigra-on beneﬁts, such as work permits, travel documents, and replacement of lost or stolen green cards.
In addi-on to our permanent resident and naturaliza-on cases, Clinic staﬀ represented “Dreamers,” students and young adults who came to the U.S. as children and are out of status. Clients are now awai-ng approval of work permits which will allow them to seek employment and apply for driver’s licenses.
A series of three ci'zenship classes provided 93 clients of the Ginter Law Clinic with a six week course in U.S. history, civics, and government to help them have a beber chance of passing the USCIS exam and ul-mately becoming naturalized U.S. ci-zens.
Ginter Immigra-on Law Clinic 2012 *1,058 client requests for service *482 cases opened * 98% success rate *131 Permanent Resident Cards Approved
Educational Programs Over 575 adults and 145 children from 49 diﬀerent countries beneﬁbed from one or more educa-onal programs oﬀered by Interna-onal House in 2012. Educa-onal services were expanded to include a new one-‐on-‐one tutor hour before our ci-zenship classes, a life skills series known as “Charlobe University”, a job resource facility aﬃliated with Charlobe Works, and a partnership with two CMS schools for a summer English tutoring program with children (YETP). The 2012 summer YETP program reached new heights in its third year by expanding to two elementary schools. 145 limited English proﬁcient children increased their reading, wri-ng, and comprehension scores by an average of 15%. An extremely successful partnership with Albemarle Road Elementary and Merry Oaks Interna-onal Academy allowed us to learn from seasoned CMS teachers in a new “teacher-‐tutor” training model. CharloEe University con-nued as a successful “teach the teacher” model in 2012 at both Interna-onal House and various loca-ons around Charlobe, with 116 immigrant leaders from all over the world hearing presenta-ons from community agencies and nonproﬁts. Learning sessions oﬀered cri-cal informa-on about transporta-on, housing, police, ﬁre, and medical care, English classes, legal assistance, the CMS school system, job and resume assistance, and ﬁnancial and lending opportuni-es in Charlobe. CharloEe Works invited Interna-onal House to become a SNAP (Shared Network Access Point) site in August, and we helped 35 job seekers ﬁnd job resources and resume help. Charlobe Works is a private-‐public partnership bringing together Charlobe resources to educate, empower and engage Charlobe's underemployed and unemployed workforce to meet current business needs.
Educational Programs 2012 *110 adult students
matched with volunteer English tutors *98 adult ESL students abended weekly classes *116 immigrant leaders par-cipated in “Charlobe University” *35 job seekers were helped in our new Charlobe Works SNAP site *145 children were served by YETP, a free summer English tutoring program *152 language learners joined na-ve speakers in weekly conversa-on hours oﬀered in 8 languages
Citizen Diplomacy/International Visitors Our Ci-zen Diplomacy Program brought 29 groups of interna-onal visitors to Charlobe during 2012, giving 234 high level interna-onal leaders from 81 countries a look at U.S. best prac-ces in banking, ﬁnance, educa-on, healthcare, manufacturing, human rights and poli-cal processes. Most notably, one of our visitors, Pushpa Basnet of Nepal was selected as CNN’s 2012 Hero of the Year! We also hosted 55 interna-onal visitors to the Democra-c Na-onal Conven-on in September. Our popular series “Who’s in the House” con-nued in 2012 with stellar abendance from the local community. The series showcased visi-ng interna-onal leaders from Botswana, Serbia, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Niger.
Ci'zen Diplomacy in 2012
234 interna'onal visitors 81 countries represented 29 delega'ons hosted 85 host families for our visitors
A Hero in our Midst Pushpa Basnet of Nepal, one of our International Visitor Leadership Program participants in 2012, was selected as the CNN 2012 Hero of the Year. Pushpa was recognized by CNN for her work with the Children’s Center she opened in Nepal for children of incarcerated parents. Pushpa's amazing work is also featured in a film documentary, "Waiting for Mamu", produced by Tom Morgan of Charlotte, one of International House's wonderful home hosts. During Pushba's visit to Charlotte, she stayed with Tom and his family, and their time together inspired Tom to travel to Nepal to chronicle her efforts on behalf of children. Her organization received $250,000 as a result of this nomination.
Intercultural Programs An array of intercultural events and ac-vi-es were oﬀered in 2012, including our wildly popular Children’s World of Play at Imaginon which introduced area youth to cultures and customs around the world. We also sponsored interna-onal musical events, hosted a “Storyology” workshop to teach local immigrants the art of moviemaking. Each par-cipant produced a digital story of his or her own journey to the USA and shared it at an event open to the public. In addi-on, almost 200 language learners and na-ve speakers par-cipated in free, weekly Conversa-on Hours oﬀered in 8 diﬀerent languages. Doorways, a monthly social group for interna-onal women, con-nued to oﬀer welcome and connec-on for women from around the world, while the monthly Interna-onal Book Club gathered to read and discuss acclaimed works by interna-onal authors. Finally, Interna-onal House’s 24th Annual Beneﬁt Gala provided a Peruvian-‐themed evening of glitz and glamour for 385 supporters and corporate sponsors who feasted and danced the night away while raising over $100,000 to con-nue the great programs and services oﬀered by Interna-onal House.
Thank You to our Capital Campaign Donors! Our Midwood Capital Campaign in 2012 was a great success. Special thanks to Tony and Lakana Bikhazi for their invaluable help as Chairs of the Midwood Capital Campaign and to Monte Ritchey for his tireless efforts to make this dream a reality. Because of their help, and through the generous donations of so many wonderful supporters of International House, we are the proud new tenants in Charlotteâ€™s only multicultural campus dedicated to promoting international and cultural activities for Charlotte area residents. Thank you! Consul: $15,000 and more The Merancas Foundation Envoy: $10,000 to $14,999 Tony and Lakana Bikhazi Bruce Goldstein Champion: $5,000 to $9,999 Mazen and Samira A. Chakra Globe Express Services Charles and Mary Saleh Doorways International Womenâ€™s Group Diplomat: $2,500 to $4,999 Kal Kardous and Marie-Claire Marroum-Kardous Investor: $1,500 to $2,499 Twig and Barbara Branch Titi Cole Sustainer: $500 to $1,499 Vince and Lin Altamura Gerry and Margie Anderson Anonymous Cynthia Aziz and Timothy von der Embse Marian Beane Lee and Anthony Bucci Claudio Carpano Wilton & Catherine Connor Anne and Edward Crotty Denise Cumbee Long and Bruce Holliday Betty and Roger Dickey Pamela Fawcett - Brandon Brita and Brian Formato Mary Jo Germain Alan Gordon Donald E. and Janet M. Haack Fund Thomas Hawkins Dana and Caroline Hicks Kimm and Ray Jolly Rick and Rita Ledsinger Stephanie and Robert Lee Georgia Jacquez Lewis Costas and Nicole Melissaris Brad and Barbara Merlie Vickie Mitchner Monte and Jessica Ritchey Jennifer Watson Roberts Ted and Madeleine Solomon Greg and Sandy Vlahos Satoshi and Miyako Watanabe
Friend: $250 to $499 Wedge and Debbie Abels Thomas R. Atkinson Dr. Nini RB Bautista Suzanne and Thad Clements Sarah Belk Gambrell Sana and Issam Habbal Bruce and Carmen Hilton Andre and Stacey Laurent Isaac and Sonia Luski Mansour Edlin Consulting Michael Rodelius Charles and Priscilla Sawicki David and Nancy Townsend Michael & Jean Yount Supporters: ($25 to $249) James Alderman Duncan Alford Karim Azar and Leena Salokannel-Azar Jake and Yuliya Baldwin Hana Barakat Sylvie Bastajian Marianne Battistone Marion Beahan Natasha Beathe Natasha Bechtler Viviane Bechtler-Smith Sheila B. Bennett. Krista and David Bowen Houda Bracewell Jennifer Bradshaw Tracy Braswell Gretchen and Jeff Brown John and Josane Calvert Chaya Chetty Dany Claeys Imani Clenance Christine Conte Inge Couteller Dorothea Czerner Martha Davis Cheri Dennis Lance and Lenore Jones Deutsch Rosellen and Eric Dunn Christina Elias Camille Evans Marcia and Raul Farroch Iryna Fishchenko Mary P. Foltz Nadia Francis Frank and Sarah Gentry Vlad Gilevskiy Trish Golembe Wendelle Gray Mahnaz Hamedani Mollie Henninger
Brian Heslin HMB Katz Jim Huddle Pamela Hutson Mary-Ellen Jones Kitty Bang Law Cindy Kostma Ursula Lancaster Julie Lavoie Margaret Leccese John D. Lewis Paula Little Franziska Loftin Brenda Lohsen Marie Rink Wendell Martin Lina Mazigi C. Brunilda McStravick Denise Medeiros Doris Meeks Mala Mehrotra Danuta Meijer Karen Munden Gabrielle Narchi Karen and Andrew Nicholson Beryl Owen Peter Pampillonio Rohan and Angela Paul Debbie Phillips Dr&Mrs. Thomas E. Powell III Marion Pritchett
Mona Radiloff Noelle Sarkissian Victor and Julia Sayegh Mary Shaheen Mona Siblani Jose and Sharon Simon Teresa Singer Alfredo Solis Helen Solitario Stefanie Staton Chris Stein Johanna Steinz Virginie Stewart Eva Stokkebye Brian D. Tate Kedist Tedla Terry Thirion Joanne Torigian Mary Anna Turner Christine Vanderwee Emmy Verheecke Lois K Wharton Ann Wood Laura Wright George Yazbeck Catherine Zenie
You Make a World of Difference! 2012 Donors and Sponsors
The programs and services of International House are made possible through the generous support of individuals, private foundations, corporations, and civic organizations. In addition to those listed below, our heartfelt thanks go out to the members of our board of directors, our advisory board, our volunteers, and all who donated in-kind gifts. We are especially grateful to St. Johnâ€™s Baptist Church for the use of the Staten House for over 25 years! INDIVIDUALS
Patron ($1,000 & up) Tony and Lakana Bikhazi Walter and Meredith Dolhare Kal Kardous and Marie-Claire Marroum-Kardous Richard Norman Michael and Julie Whitted Mrs. Tom van Wingerden Sustainer ($500 to $999) Brian and Brita Formato Thomas Hawkins Margaret Leydic-Boyd Brad and Barbara Merlie Investor ($250 to $499) Vince and Lin Altamura Timothy von der Embse & Cynthia Aziz Dr. Nini RB Bautista Twig and Barbara Branch Zack and Laura Budzichowski Richard and Boyd Davis Roger and Betty Dickey David Dietrich Camille Evans Dana and Caroline Hicks James and Deborah Nelson Monte and Jessica Ritchey Michael Rodelius Nicole Simmons David Stewart Bill and Pat Thomas Charlene Washburn Satoshi and Miyako Watanabe Edith Yakutis Friend ($25 to $249) Karim Azar and Leena Salokannel- Azar Jake and Yuliya Baldwin Sheila B. Bennett Howard Bentley Julie Burch Charlotte Friends Meeting Margaret Flores Diane Gilbert Trish Golembe Pamela Greene Jeff Heybruck Bruce and Carmen Hilton Elizabeth Horgan Raluca Iosif Cheryl Johnson Dara Khalatbari Faith Kuppers Fausto Lqinez Lagos Andre and Stacey Laurent Eric and Rita Law Ahmadou Ly Janet Malkemes Luz Maria Aveleyra
Charmaine Marquardt Leanne Mason Ron and Beth Mathews Violeta Moser Richard and Barbara Neidinger Teruyoshi and Fumi Ogano David Orbaugh Tanja Pauler Bonnie Rindner Tiffany Sirkle Patricia Stoy Robin Tanner Sarah Tull Sherry Walsh Ann Wood
Bank of America Duke Energy Microsoft Piedmont Natural Gas
FOUNDATIONS Arts & Science Council Belk Foundation Bi-Lo Foundation Blumenthal Foundation Crossroads Foundation de Molina Family Foundation Dollar General Foundation Duke Energy Foundation Ginter Foundation Leon Levine Foundation McMillan Foundation Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Merancas Foundation PNC Bank Foundation Sisters of Mercy Foundation TJX Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation
North Carolina DHHS Refugee Program National Council of International Visitors
Japanese Association of Charlotte
CORPORATIONS & BUSINESSES
Coca-Cola Donald Haack Diamonds Euclid Innovations Fifth Third Bank Holland America Line Montblanc Boutique Charlotte North Carolina Bank and Trust Perry's at SouthPark
Peru Magnifico! The 24th Annual Benefit Gala celebrated the culture of Peru and raised over $100,000 for the programs and services of International House. Many thanks to the dedicated Gala Committee, Chaired by Josane Calvert, and to our Corporate Sponsors listed below.
Arequipa $10,000 Sponsor Wells Fargo
Callao $5,000 Sponsors
Bank of America Continental Tire Alvaro and Donna de Molina Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Piedmont Natural Gas
Trujillo $3,000 Sponsors
Blum, Inc. Coats North America Duke Energy Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP KPMG Microsoft Corporation Moore & Van Allen Protiviti SPX Web Full Circle
Chiclayo $1,500 Sponsors
Aziz Immigration Law Firm Charlotte Country Day School Compare Foods Ernst & Young LLC Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Kuck Immigration Partners LLC Language Resource Center Murata Machinery USA Presbyterian Hospital Providence Day School SouthEnd Dentistry
Iquitos $500 Sponsors
Alan Gordon Immigration & Naturalization Law Bryan Cave LLP Chiquita Brands International LLC Christopher C. Kupec Deloitte Touche LLP Greer & Walker LLP Hellman Worldwide Logistics Huber Technology, Inc. Into Languages Global K&L Gates LLP Management inSites, Inc. Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, PA The Language Academy of the Carolinas Viscotec Automotive Products, LLC
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Come see our new home! This past year culminated in one of the most exci-ng events in our history when Interna-onal House converted the old Midwood High School on Central Avenue into the Midwood Interna-onal & Cultural Center. Our new mul-cultural campus has been transformed into a vibrant hub of interna-onal and cultural ac-vity with a diverse and varied collec-on of tenants -‐ including the Language Academy, Global Arts Ini-a-ve, Universal Ins-tute for Successful Aging, League of Women Voters, Bosnian-‐Herzegovinian American Cultural Center, Japanese Associa-on of Charlobe, All Ethiopian Community Center, and Grameen America -‐with many more to come in the years ahead. And we could not have done this without a tremendous outpouring of support from the community. Now more than ever, Interna-onal House is Where Charlo*e Welcomes the World!