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International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis
May 11, 2012

IISTL is a gem of the St. Louis community. Continued support for the institute is absolutely imperative for the well-being of the community. Our region desperately needs a refugee/immigrant influx; this infusion of immigrants is vital for economic development and prosperity. IISTL is one of the few entities in the area that provides refugee resettlement and training programs. We're trying to embrace, for the entire St. Louis MSA, the influx of immigrants our region so desperately requires. Our Festival of Nations, an annual celebration of culture, draws in excess of 140,000 attendees. This program is vital to Goal II of our Strategic Plan: to be a leader in building a stronger, positive two-way relationship between immigrants and the wider community.

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My attending English language classes as a refugee many, many years ago. The IISTL helped my parents and I when we emigrated to the US. I've experienced first-hand the benefits the institute provides to immigrants and refugees.

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I learned quite a bit about the grant writing and research process.

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