Immigrant Pathways Colorado is completely community-supported. Fundraising events have included international tastings of food, wine and beer, silent auctions, an e-recycling event, restaurant nights, grant applications and end-of-year letters.
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Colorado Author Series #4 on May 11 at 7pm
Please join Immigrant Pathways Colorado at 7 p.m. on May 11 for another in its FREE Colorado Authors’ Series, as we meet with Sarah Johnson, author of The House That Love Built: Why I Opened My Door to Immigrants and How We Found Hope beyond a Broken System.
Sarah was a young woman when she opened her small apartment to immigrants who had just been released from detention by ICE. Often, these people were escorted out of a detention center in the wee hours of a winter night with no idea where they were or where they could go, and with only the light-weight clothing in which they had been arrested.
As time went on, Sarah began to offer free housing to the families of detained people who came from long distances and were desperate to see their loved ones.
Today Sarah and volunteers run Casa de Paz (House of Peace) in Aurora. This is an amazing, insightful, moving story, and one we know you will find inspirational.
Please go to our SignUp Genius page to register. Registration is free, but is required. Registration will close at 6:30 p.m. on May 11.
International Cookbook & Launch Party, 4/13/2021 7pm
Immigrant Pathways Colorado (IPC) announces the release of a new cookbook, Together at the Table: Recipes from Our Cultural Heritage!
This professionally published cookbook contains 125 mouth-watering recipes from 41 countries, plus interesting stories about their families’ histories from those who submitted the recipes.
To purchase the book and/or attend the online launch party on April 13 at 7pm, click here.
Colorado Author’s Series #3 3/16/2021
Taste the Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America.
- Free conversation with Colorado author Connie Shoemaker
- Online Zoom Conversation
- Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7pm
- Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49afae2fa3fac52-taste
Immigrant Pathways Colorado (IPC) announces that the third event in its free online Colorado authors series will be held on March 16 at 7 p.m.
The event will feature a discussion with Connie Shoemaker, founder emerita of Spring International Language Center in Littleton and the author of several books, including Taste the Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America.
This moving nonfiction book features the true story of two women who escaped life under brutal dictators and built new lives in America. Shoemaker will be joined on the webinar by the two women. The book won the 2018 Colorado Book Award for general nonfiction.
Shoemaker’s book is the 2018 winner of the Colorado Book Award for General Nonfiction. To receive an invitation to the conversation, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49afae2fa3fac52-taste.
Colorado Author’s Series #2 1/26/ 2021
This presentation featured Juanis Kang Lual, author of
Daring to Overcome, presenting his very moving story of
escaping civil war in South Sudan. Orphaned as a child,
he walked 2,500 miles across Africa to reach a United
Nations’ refugee center.
Since coming to the United Sates in 2000, Kang has
graduated from high school in Colorado, earned two
college degrees, earned an honorary doctorate, and
founded a nonprofit to aid suffering people in South
Kang’s book is available at
Colorado Authors Series Tuesday, 10/6 7pm
Couldn’t attend Immigrant Pathways Colorado’s free webinar in October with noted Colorado author Helen Thorpe? No worries! You can listen to an audio recording of the webinar and learn more about Ms. Thorpe’s audio book, Finding Motherland, at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1No1DTBW2WzYHP0d-ryr_561UQAgM1Qr7/view
Stay tuned for more in IPC’s Colorado Authors series! Next webinar will be in January of 2021.
Across Borders: An Interactive Immigration Workshop
Price: $25 includes lunch, snacks and all materials . Earlybird tickets ($20) are available through Jan 15, 2019.
Understand immigration with interactive discussions, exercises and small-group breakout sessions:
- Understand the path to immigration by “Walking in the Shoes” of an immigrant
- Explore the complex history of immigration in America, including your own family’s history
- Experience the “human face” of immigration with a panel of refugees
Learning Objectives for Continuing Education* Include:
- Explore the history of immigration in the U.S.
- Learn the many complexities of the U.S. immigration system
- Understand the difference between immigrants, refugees and asylees
- Experience the “human face” of immigration through the personal stories of refugees.
Space is limited to the first 65 who register – so don’t delay!
10th Anniversary Celebration
IPC celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a special Donor Appreciation Luncheon in May of 2019. You can read all about it here. Stay tuned for more interesting events to come!
Community Strong Garage Sale to Benefit Immigrant Pathways Colorado
CALLING ALL SHOPPERS! Shop this exciting, HUGE garage sale on Friday, Oct. 5, from 9 – 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 – 3 p.m. Immigrant Pathways Colorado (IPC) is sponsoring a “Community Strong Garage Sale” on Oct. 5-6 at the Life Center, 5804 S. Datura St., Littleton. IPC sponsors scholarships for immigrants at Arapahoe Community College, and makes small “self-development” grants to low-income, documented immigrants and refugees for such things as getting professional certification, learning English, becoming a citizen, training to become a medical translator, tools for work, etc.
For more details, see our flyer.
The Donor Appreciation Luncheon on May 4 in 2018
A Taste & Sip of Culture on September 28, 2017
Thanks to all who attended and made the T&S of Culture such a success. We especially wish to thank Arapahoe Community College Foundation for their sponsorship, and Applejack Wine & Spirits for providing outstanding wines and beer paired with delicious food from the following restaurants:
- Greek – Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 5424 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
- Indian – Zaika Indian Restaurant, 151 W. Mineral Ave., #109, Littleton, CO 80120
- Italian – Romano’s Pizzaria, 5666 S. Windermere, Littleton, CO 80120
- Mediterranean – Schawarma Mediterranian Grill, 7525 S. University Blvd., Centennial, CO 80122
- Mexican – Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
- Thai – Wild Ginger, 399 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120
Please visit these wonderful donors and thank them for supporting Immigrant Pathways Colorado!
Marvelous Time at the August 23 Taco Bar Fundraiser
Rain was threatening – but Immigrant Pathways Colorado had our very own weatherman present, and he promised us no more than a sprinkle.
Sure enough, IPC’s taco bar and silent auction fundraiser the evening of August 24, 2016, went off with nary a hitch at Platte River Bar & Grill on South Santa Fe Boulevard.
Dave Aguilera, Channel 4 weatherman, who graciously volunteered to be our emcee for the evening, provided delightful entertainment along with the beautifully upbeat band, Brighten Star.
Board members all pitched in to make the evening a success, but special thanks is due to Amy Conklin and Michele Wolf for their extraordinary work in gathering amazing silent auction items. (One special item, a patio fireplace, was finally purchased in a very funny last-minute bidding frenzy between two guests, who laughingly bid each other up time after time for a great charitable cause.)
The food was great, as one would expect at Platte River Bar & Grill. Both the food and band were provided by Pancho (Frank Redman), manager of the long-time favorite Littleton hangout. His terrific support was central to making the evening a success. Next time you’re there, ask for Pancho and thank him for supporting Immigrant Pathways Colorado!
A shout-out also to the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated items to the auction. They include:
- African Eyes Travel
- Arapahoe Community College
- Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
- Autawash Carwash and Detail Center
- Café Terracotta
- Canvas and Cocktails
- Chocolate Therapist
- C.J. Culllinan
- Colorado Avalanche
- Colorado Railroad Museum
- Colorado Symphony
- Comedy Works
- Denver Aquarium
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Film Society
- Denver Zoo
- Dinosaur Ridge
- Hacienda Colorado
- Jazz Car Wash and Detailing
- Kroenke Sports Enterprises
- Kwik Car Wash
- Lehrer’s Fireplace and Patio
- LiDo Wines
- Karen Martin
- Mellow Mushroom
- Nancy Rupert
- Romano’s Italian Restaurant
- Saj Mediterranean Grill
- The Sebastian, Vail
- Smokin Fins
- South Suburban Park & Recreation District
- Town Hall Arts Center
- Village Roaster
- Whole Foods Market – Southglenn
- Wild Ginger
- Marylin Withers – World of Dance
- Rebecca Yarbrough
Thanks to each of these merchants, individuals and organizations for their support!
LI3 Changes its Name at a Donor Appreciation Luncheon
The Donor Appreciation Luncheon held by the Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative (LI3) on April 21 was deemed by all to be a great success. The free luncheon, held to thank those who have supported the initiative since its inception in 2009, was “sold out,” with 70 reservations.
During the luncheon, Chair Susan Thornton described the evolution of the LI3 from an initiative focused just on Littleton to one that is helping documented, low-income immigrants and refugees from around the world and across the metro area with “self-development” grants designed to raise the standard of living of the immigrant family and make them feel more a part of the community.
To reflect its broader, more inclusive vision, Ms. Thornton announced that the initiative was changing its name to Immigrant Pathways Colorado.
The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Helen Thorpe, who described the six years she followed four Mexican-American high school girls in Denver before writing “Just Like Us: Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.” This very moving documentary follows the girls, all very bright and high achievers, as they approach the end of their high school years and seek to go to college. Two of the girls are documented, and two were brought without documents to the U.S. as young children by their parents, thus severely limiting their ability to fully participate in the American dream.
Ms. Thorpe’s second book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, followed three women soldiers as they returned from deployment in Afghanistan. The book is being made into an HBO documentary. To watch a video of Ms. Thorpe’s presentation, click here.
“I am very grateful for the grant as it is a big help to obtain my DACA. This is important to because this is my opportunity to finish what I started. I am/will be able to finish my career. It is a nursing career. I love to help people and being bilingual this will give me a bigger opportunity to help out in a better way. Thank you so much for helping me on my way to a better life.” ~ Olivia from Mexico, a nursing student who was brought by her parents to the U.S. without documents as a child
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Helen K. Amter, In Memorium