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2013 Annual Report An Extraordinary Year International House is indeed the place where Charlotte welcomes the world. In 2013, refugees and immigrants continued to flock through our doors where they found compassionate staff who helped them learn English, become U.S. citizens, or adapt to life in a new country. This past year, hundreds of international visitors also came to Charlotte to connect with their professional peers through our citizen diplomacy program, and many native Charlotteans gained new friends and a global perspective through participating in our cultural programs.

Since 1981, International House has served the Charlotte community by actively promoting global diversity, tearing down cultural barriers, and helping immigrants integrate successfully into our community.

International House offers a hand up, not a hand out. With our support, hard-working men and women find new opportunities for a better life. We can tell so many stories. Refugees who have lost proof of their legal status receive legal help from our clinic, become naturalized citizens, and go on to start businesses or even enroll in medical school. Adults in ESL classes begin as timid students who cannot speak English and leave with vastly improved fluency and confidence. Immigrant children in our English tutoring program escape the pattern of summer learning loss and are able to go back to school in the fall on par with their peers. And international visitors from around the world return to their home countries with an appreciation for democracy, American culture, and best practices learned from professional meetings with Charlotte leaders. This has been an extraordinary year for International House. And we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for believing in us as we continue to help strangers become neighbors, and neighbors become friends. We are grateful that we can continue to work together for a global Charlotte where international diversity is appreciated and celebrated. Thank you for your support!

Denise Cumbee Long, Executive Director

International House Board of Directors Jennifer Watson Roberts, President Vince Altamura, Wells Fargo, Vice President Cynthia Aziz, Aziz Immigration Law Firm, Secretary Satoshi Watanabe, Wells Fargo, Treasurer Nini RB Bautista de Garcia, Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Camille Evans, Attorney Maha Gingrich, Central Piedmont Community College Brian Heslin, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC Dana Hicks, Huber Technology, Inc. Jose Merino, Duke Energy Brad Merlie, Piedmont Natural Gas Peter Pampillonio, BB&T Monte L. Ritchey, Conformity Corporation Rich Robles, Bank of America Robin Tanner, Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church T. Minh Tran, Piedmont Natural Gas Michael Whitted, SPX Corporation

International House Staff Denise Cumbee Long, Executive Director Jackie Berry, Immigration Paralegal Kathy Brennan, Immigration Attorney Johnelle Causwell, Citizen Diplomacy Program Director Anne Crotty, Immigration Attorney Pam Foltz, Financial and Administrative Assistant Jelena Giric-Held, Senior Immigration Paralegal, Clinic Director Gail Johnson, Director of Education Rusty Reynolds, Associate Director Diana Rojas, Client Services & Volunteer Coordinator Carole Ward, Citizen Diplomacy Program Associate Ally Yusuf, Marketing & Communications Director

Financial Report

Fee for Service Grants - Government Grants - Private Individual Giving Other Special Events

$129,177 $122,918 $284,500 $61,143 $12,333 $122,262

Administration Marketing/ Fundraising Programs - Services

$91,715 $99,573 $533,429





In addition to the operating income reported above, $22,750 was received in early 2013 from the 2012 Midwood Capital Campaign. These funds are being used for furniture and equipment in our new home in the Midwood International & Cultural Center.

Ginter Immigration Law Clinic In 2013, the Ginter Immigration Law Clinic served 1268 low-income clients needing information, referrals, or legal representation regarding US citizenship or permanent residency. Clinic staff also represented clients seeking other immigration benefits, such as work permits, travel documents, and replacement of lost or stolen green cards and naturalization certificates. In 2013, our Immigration Law Clinic experienced an increased number of requests for services. As in prior years, sixty percent of clients are refugees and asylees, with an increased number of Cuban clients. We continued to represent “Dreamers,� students and young adults who came to the US as children and are out of status. The rest of our clients are other low income immigrants.

A series of four citizenship classes provided 112 clients of the Ginter Law Clinic with a six-week course in U.S. history, civics, and government to help them have a better chance of passing the USCIS exam and ultimately becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.

Ginter Immigration Law Clinic 2013

*1,268 client requests for service *482 cases opened * 98% success rate *118 permanent resident cards approved *63 clients became U.S. Citizens

Educational Programs Over 667 adults and 190 children from 44 different countries benefitted from one or more educational programs offered by International House in 2013. Educational services continued to grow and include an innovative English class, citizenship classes with an instructor and one-on-one tutors, a life skills series, “Charlotte University” that took place at International House and Albemarle Road Elementary School, and a partnership with three CMS elementary schools for a summer English tutoring program (YETP).

Educational Programs 2013 *108 adult ESL students attended weekly classes *112 adult students attended 6-week citizenship classes offered each quarter

The 2013 summer YETP program excelled in new ways during its fourth year by expanding to three CMS elementary schools. Of 190 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, 95% either increased or maintained their reading level, documented on the CMS reading program, “Reading A-Z.” 65% of students jumped to a higher reading level, and 33% of students showed 3 months worth of reading level growth over the 6-week program. Meaningful partnerships with Merry Oaks International Academy, Montclaire Elementary, and Pinewood Elementary and three generous funders allowed 39 teachers, tutors, and CMS staff members to participate in the program, with a student-to-teacher ratio of approximately 4:1.

*237 immigrant leaders participated in “Charlotte University” at International House and Albemarle Road Elementary School

Charlotte University continued as a successful “teach the teacher” model in 2013 at both International House and the Coalition for Albemarle Road Elementary School (CARES) program. Learning sessions offered critical information to Charlotte’s foreign-born residents on transportation, housing, police, fire, medic, accessible health care, nutrition, and banking opportunities in Charlotte. 237 immigrant leaders from all over the world heard presentations from community agencies and nonprofits that they, in turn, shared with their family members and friends. Partner agencies included PNC Bank, Carolinas Healthcare System, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

*174 language learners and native speakers joined together in weekly conversation hours offered in 10 languages

*36 job seekers were helped in our Charlotte Works SNAP site *190 children were served by YETP, a free summer English tutoring program

Citizen Diplomacy/International Visitors The Citizen Diplomacy Program (CDP) brought 22 groups of international visitors to Charlotte during 2013, giving 170 high level international leaders from 61 countries a look at U.S. best practices in banking, finance, law, cyber security, education, healthcare, manufacturing, human rights and political processes. Our popular series “Who’s in the House” has grown and evolved in 2013 to encompass after-work networking receptions open to the community. We have had increased attendance for these events showcasing visiting international leaders from Turkey, Ukraine, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.

Citizen Diplomacy 2013 170 international visitors 61 countries represented 22 delegations hosted 55 host families for our visitors

Our program has been recognized by the Department of State for our outstanding work with Open World groups and we have commenced a very special partnership with the Charlotte School of Law, hosting the very first Open World Turkish delegation to the United States. We plan to grow and expand our partnership to include more Turkish delegations in 2014. For the first time in many years, International House’s Citizen Diplomacy Department was chosen in 2013 to send a delegation to take part in a four-day presentation tour in Washington, DC, meeting with department heads of all National Programming Agencies and the Department of State. This was a very successful tour aimed at educating organizations about Charlotte and the programs International House organizes for visiting international delegations. With this kind of exposure we expect to host an increased number of international groups in the future.

Intercultural Programs International House began 2013 with a standing-room only Open House in our new location at the Midwood International & Cultural Center. Joined by other Midwood tenant organizations, we celebrated our new home with cultural performances including dancers from Ethiopia, Bosnia, and India, as well as a serene flower arranging ceremony from Japan. Other intercultural events included our ongoing “Who’s in the House” series featuring programs and receptions with our international visitors, an Evening of Gypsy Music and Dance, “Front Porch Potluck Parties” for participants in our Language Conversation Hours, and a June Donor Appreciation Evening and tango performance in honor of our major donors. Over 200 language learners and native speakers participated in free, weekly Language Conversation Hours offered in 10 different languages. We added two new offerings in 2013: Chinese and Arabic. Doorways, a monthly social group for international women, continued to offer welcome and connection for women from around the world, while members of the monthly International Book Club gathered to read and discuss acclaimed books by international authors. America the Beautiful The 25th Anniversary Gala “America the Beautiful” offered an evening of glitz and glamour for almost 400 guests. They feasted and danced the night away while raising $120,000 to support International House programs and services. Many thanks to the dedicated Gala Committee, chaired by Josane Calvert, and to our Corporate Sponsors listed below. Mount Rushmore $10,000 Sponsors Wells Fargo Piedmont Natural Gas Gateway Arch $5,000 Sponsors Bank of America Alvaro & Donna de Molina Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Toshiba Golden Gate $3,000 Sponsors Blum, Inc. Coats North America Duke Energy KPMG Moore & Van Allen Providence Day School Web Full Circle

Glacier Bay $1,500 Sponsors

American Truetzschler Aziz Immigration Law Firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Charlotte Country Day School Deloitte Touche LLP Ernst & Young LLC Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm GreerWalker LLP Into Languages Global King & Spalding LLP

Language Resource Center Microsoft Corporation Murata Machinery USA Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center & Novant Health Matthews Medical Center Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, PA SouthEnd Dentistry Stuart and Teresa Singer The Language Academy of the Carolinas Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC

Diamond Head $500 Sponsors Alan Gordon Immigration Law Allemania Society of Charlotte Bryan Cave LLP Business Advantage International LLC Carolina Cat Cataler North America Charlotte School of Law Chiquita Brands International LLC

Huber Technology, Inc. Isewan USA K&L Gates LLP Management inSites, Inc. Red Bowl Asian Bistros The World in Our Backyard Sompo Japan Insurance Co. of America Viscotec Automotive Products, LLC

You Make a World of Difference! 2013 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 and advisory board, our volunteers, and all who donated in-kind gifts.


Friend ($25 to $249) James and Sharon Alderman Duncan Alford Patron ($1,000 & up) Luz Maria Aveleyra Tony and Lakana Bikhazi Sylvie Bastadjian Kathy Brennan Roger Baumgarte and Susan Bill and Cathryn Britton Brenner Walter and Meredith Dolhare Dr. Nini RB Bautista Bruce Goldstein Sheila B. Bennett Kal Kardous and Boyd Davis Marie-Claire Marroum Kardous Justin A. Brittain Brad and Barbara Merlie Peter C. Buck Richard Norman John and Josane Calvert Mrs. Tom van Wingerden Robert Carr James Cass Greg and Sandy Vlahos Samira Chakra Michael and Julie Whitted Imani Clenance Thad and Suzanne Clements Sustainer ($500 to $999) Ed and Anne Crotty Marian E. Beane Jacqueline Curran-Kazmirci Jeffrey and Gretchen Brown David Dietrich Thomas Hawkins Evelyn Foley Margot Leydic-Boyd Sarah Belk Gambrell Minh Tran Diane Gilbert Trish Golembe Investor ($250 to $499) Jake and Pam Greene Vince and Lin Altamura Mark and Amanda Guile Isam Habbal Gerry and Margie Anderson Rob Harrington Cynthia Aziz and Brian Heslin Timothy von der Embse Thomas P. Holderness Peter Bell James and Jane Huddle Twig and Barbara Branch Cheryl Johnson Zack and Laura Budzichowski Ray and Kimm Jolly Kenneth D. Chotiner, Jr. Mary G. Laing Camille B. Evans André and Stacey Laurent George and Deb Hanna Rodney and Polly Little Dana and Caroline Hicks Amadou and Irina Ly Luke Largess Janet Malkemes Denise Cumbee Long and Luis Maradiaga Bruce Holliday Lina Mazigi Ward and Liz McKeithen Leanne Mason Viola McKinney Jose Merino Robert and Violeta Moser Michael Rodelius Sami and Abir Nafisi Charles and Pricscilla Sawicki David and Tonya Orbaugh David Smith Peter Pampillonio David and Margaret Stewart T. Haughton Pardee Charlene Washburn Katherine Payerle Margaret Povinelli Thomas E. Powell, III

Jane S. Ratteree Franziska Reinsch Monte and Jessica Ritchey Jennifer Watson Roberts Ricardo Robles Blaine Sanders David Shuford Nicole Simmons and Ralf Atzor Chris Smiley Patricia Stoy Robin Tanner Sarah S. Tull Anne Van Newkirk Angelique R. Vincent James T. Wagner Regina Waldthausen Elfriede E. Winiker Anna Wood Edith Yakutis CAPITAL CAMPAIGN $5,000 to $15,000 Sami and Abir Nafisi Wells Fargo $1,000 to $4,999 Bruce Goldstein Up to $1,000 Jennifer Watson Roberts Gerry and Margie Anderson Michael Rodelius Jake and Pam Greene CORPORATIONS Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems, Ltd. Monblanc Boutique Charlotte Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP Perry’s at SouthPark CORPORATE MATCHING Bank of America Duke Energy Microsoft Piedmont Natural Gas

FOUNDATIONS $50,000 and up Belk Foundation Leon Levine Foundation $25,000 to $49,999 Ginter Foundation Merancas Foundation Sisters of Mercy Foundation $10,000-$24,999 de Molina Family Foundation Dollar General Foundation Duke Energy Foundation Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation PNC Bank Foundation $5,000 to $9,999 Bi-Lo Foundation TJX Foundation Up to $5,000 5th 3rd Bank Blumenthal Foundation Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation McMillan Foundation GOVERNMENT GRANTS North Carolina DHHS Refugee Program National Council of International Visitors COMMUNITY GROUPS Altrusa International Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Doorways International Women’s Group Japanese Association Kilgo United Methodist Church St. John’s Baptist Church.

1817 Central Ave Suite 215 Charlotte, NC 28205

International House 1817 Central Ave. Suite 215 Charlotte, NC 28205 704-333-8099

International House is located at Midwood International & Cultural Center 1817 Central Avenue Suite 215 Charlotte, NC 28205 704-333-8099 International House has spent a full year now in our new home, the old Midwood High School on Central Avenue which we converted into a multicultural campus known as the Midwood International & Cultural Center. As the master tenant, International House leases the building from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and we have recruited a diverse collection of additional tenants to share the space and expenses. We have added new organizations to the Midwood campus during the past year, and the current tenant roster includes the Light Factory, Language Academy, Grameen America, Japanese Association of Charlotte, All Ethiopian Community Center, Universal Institute for Successful Aging, League of Women Voters, Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Cultural Center, Greenhorn Piano Studio, Watershed Church, and NC Home Study for International Adoptions. The Midwood International & Cultural Center is a vibrant hub of international and cultural activity and a testimony to the role of International House, the place “where Charlotte welcomes the world!�

2013 annual report  

2013 Annual Report - International House

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