Resource fair wraps up Welcoming Week

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser

York City's Welcoming Week came to a close over the weekend with a creek fire and resources for the community.

The week focused on holding events spotlighting benefits of diversity and living in a multiethnic community, and was put together by York City government in partnership with the local YMCA and CASA, a Latino-services group that has an office in York City Hall.

A resource fair, creek fire and live music were held by Foundry Park in York City Saturday evening, bringing the week to a close.

Paul Bobo Jr., left, of York City socializes during the Resource Fair at Welcoming week Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Foundry Park. Amanda J. Cain photo

Fair: The resource fair began at 5 p.m. Saturday, and many groups, such as CASA, state Rep. Kevin Schreiber's office, the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, York YMCA and York County Hispanic Coalition, were there handing out information to assist immigrants.

Elizabeth Alex, CASA's regional director for Pennsylvania, was at CASA's booth, giving out information on the organization's services. Alex said the theme of the week was to "bring York together," and the culmination of that was Saturday's event.

Ruth Tineo, who assisted with YMCA's booth Saturday, said the organization offers many things to the immigrant community such as day care and housing.

"When people come here, the first place people go is to the Y," she said, adding that the YMCA makes people feel like they're "at home."

"If you ask me, I said the Y is the soul of the city," Tineo said.

Welcoming week for immigrants in York City

Errick Milindi, who moved to the York area from the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than nine years ago, was walking around, collecting pamphlets at the booths.

Milindi is a member of the Congolese Community of Central Pennsylvania and intended on giving a lot of the materials he collected to the people in the organization who might need it.

"This is very resourceful," he said. "It gives them direction."

Lilly Tshibangu, of Lancaster, does her daughter's head wrap before they perform at Welcoming Week on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Foundry Park. Amanda J. Cain photo

Milindi mentioned that the fair was good for immigrants who might have lived in the area for a few years but are not aware of the organizations and what they have to offer.

CASA holds immigration services fair

Milindi referenced Schreiber's office as being helpful to many people coming to the area, because immigrants were able to get information on political parties from the office.

"It's always good to know what a political party is made up of," he said.

Andy Kalala, president of the Congolese Community of Central Pennsylvania and Lancaster resident, said events such as the fair help make their community more visible. 

Ruth Tineo holds her son Joshua, 3, as they socialize during the Resource Fair at Welcoming week Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Foundry Park. Amanda J. Cain photo

"What we want to do in this community is share our values," he said. He said the organization aims to bring Congolese values and American values together.

"We want to be a part of American culture," he said.

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