OURBRIDGE FOR KIDS HOSTS INAUGURATION
TO CELEBRATE NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK
After School Program Forges Multigenerational Partnership with Retirement Community
Charlotte, NC (September 12, 2017) – On Sunday, September 17, 2017, ourBRIDGE for KIDS will join Welcoming Week, a national movement led by Welcoming America, by opening its doors and inviting the community to the inauguration of the organization’s new after school center in east Charlotte.
The Aldersgate community has invited ourBRIDGE for KIDS to relocate to its Center for Health, Education and Opportunity and occupy a 6,000-square foot facility within its 231-acre east Charlotte campus for $1 per year rent. ourBRIDGE will celebrate its new center and multigenerational partnership with Aldersgate with a community event featuring cultural performances, potluck, international food trucks and a soccer tournament. There will also be field games and bouncy houses for children to enjoy. Remarks and a ribbon-cutting will take place at 4:30 pm.
ourBRIDGE Founder and Executive Director Sil Ganzó – a native of Buenos Aires – remarked, “We are thrilled for the opportunity to be part of Aldergate’s initiative to embrace the culturally rich communities in the east side. Through this partnership, ourBRIDGE will be able to expand its unique out-of-school programming to include more children and more intergenerational activities, while continuing its work to help newly-arrived families feel welcomed and become acculturated to the United States.”
What: Welcome to the East Side! Inauguration of the New ourBRIDGE Center
When: September 17th, 2017 / 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting and Remarks / 4:30 pm
For more information about how you can participate in Welcoming Week, visit welcomingweek.org
About Welcoming America
Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there know they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. For more information, visit welcomingamerica.org
Founded in 1943 as The Methodist Home – a home for retired Methodist ministers – Aldersgate is a nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) with a legacy of nearly 70 years of caring for seniors. Today, about 350 seniors call Aldersgate home and have access to all levels of care on the wooded, 231-acre campus. The new Gateway Promise expansion campaign will create space for about 100 more seniors. Aldersgate derives its name from the street in London where Methodist Church founder John Wesley experienced the “confirmation of his salvation by the grace of God.” The community is on Charlotte’s east side at 3800 Shamrock Drive. Learn more at aldersgateccrc.com
About ourBRIDGE for KIDS
ourBRIDGE for KIDS (ourBRIDGE) focuses on children of immigrant and refugee families, helping them achieve academic success and integration into the community through innovative instructional methods and an embracement of cultural diversity. The organization’s after school program partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and currently supports 125 children who represent 22 different cultures from two Title I elementary schools (K-5) and one Title 1 middle school (Grade 6). For more information, visit joinourbridge.org