Inviting others along
You may already have new arrivals in your community in mind to invite or perhaps you know there are new arrivals but you haven't made contact with them yet? Either way, we'll help you get in touch!
The Dinner Attendees
Having some people who speak the country’s language fluently is helpful, this might be you or a friend but being open and welcoming is the most important part!
People of all ages and backgrounds can be invited, they may have just arrived in your community or they may be there for quite some time. Either way, making them feel more welcome and giving them the opportunity to meet others is what matters.
If you already know who you wish to invite, move on to Step 3, if not here's some useful tips on connecting with new arrivals in your community.
If you're not even sure where to start, a good first step is to contact local immigration organizations. When newcomers arrive, there are government and non-governmental organisations who help them with the transition. A Google search of organisations in your area will help you find out where to start. Reach out to them and see if you can talk to the newcomers or send them information. Be sure to emphasize that it’s free to attend for the dinner guest!
Another great way to connect is through existing language classes. A further possibility is to get in touch with places of worship in your area, as they often act as places of community and information for newcomers.
If you're in Minnesota, here are some links that may be helpful:
International Institute of Minnesota
African Development Center Minnesota
African Immigrants Community Services
If you're in Ireland, here are some links that may be helpful:
City of Sanctuary Dublin
Waterford Place of Sanctuary
Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Croí na Gaillimhe
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
Immigrant Council of Ireland
Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration
South Belfast Roundtable
It's totally up to you how many people you invite, there are no rules! Most people invite someone and ask them to bring someone else along or maybe invite a family who can then just join your family. It will depend on whether you decide to do it in your home or host a potluck in a more public space.