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Carrie Cheatham’s Greeting Cards Spread Sunshine & Help Support Refugees

By Kari Miller | September 26, 2020

Pop-Up Shop At Darling Boutique Sept. 26 Benefits IN When Carrie Cheatham approached us about a partnership in January, we were thrilled. The Richmond-based artist and advocate founded her greeting card company, Snail. Mail., as a social enterprise benefitting refugee organizations across the country. She offered to donate a percentage of her sales from April 1st to…

An Update on our Virtual Learning Centers

By Kari Miller | September 22, 2020

Dear Friends, As IN’s Virtual Learning Centers enter the second week, I wanted to update you on the three “learning pods”— one at the IN House, and two at Friends Meeting House. Thanks to incredible support from donors and volunteers, 18 refugee neighbors have been able to gather in small groups of students for supervision…

Meet the Dream Team Leading IN’s Learning Pods

By Kari Miller | September 12, 2020

The “Dream Team,” (L to R) Marina Miller, Shahida Parveen, and Susanne Sachs, prepare to set up learning pods in the beautiful space donated by Charlottesville Friends Meeting House.  We are excited to introduce the accomplished group of women who will lead IN’s learning pods for English Language Learning (ELL) students—two pods of six students in the beautiful space donated…

Backpacks carry more than school supplies

By Kari Miller | September 8, 2020

By Jennifer Spratley I usually find myself planning Great Neighbor Gatherings and distributing school supplies and backpacks this time of year. With neighborhood gatherings on hold in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, school prep—like all things in 2020—looks a bit different. As families began making plans for the upcoming school year (however it may look),…

An open letter to our community

By Kari Miller | June 3, 2020

Dear Friends, Our hearts are heavy as we witness yet another chapter in our nation’s tragic history of violence and racism. The senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in recent weeks have left us angry, shocked and saddened.  The majority of IN’s client base—our neighbors—are people of color who fled systemic…