You don’t need an invitation to do the right thing

Reposted from @stjoeangels.

Students from Global Education and @sjadiversitycultureclimate took a field trip to STL Foodworks today to learn a little bit about Afghan cooking. An Afghan chef with @welcomeneighborstl taught students and some faculty members how to make a traditional Afghan pudding and mantu, which are Afghan dumplings. Of course, they got to enjoy the fruits of their labor at the end of class. This was another great partnership between SJA and Welcome Neighbor STL. Our students really appreciate these opportunities to have authentic experiences, hear unique voices, and make real connections.

Stay tuned for more from our Global Education students next month. Several of them will be traveling to other countries as we kick off our exchange programs for the spring semester.
#NotIButWe #globaleducation
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Twice a month, our refugee chefs make 100 meals for City Hope STL. This meal delivery provides food for unhoused individuals at 4 different shelters!

Our chefs are doing an amazing job! This photo shows meals for unhoused individuals made by one of our incredible Afghan chefs πŸ’œ

Click the link in our bio to donate a meal to an unhoused individual!
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We have two opportunities to join a cooking classes this week! πŸ˜‹

1️⃣ There are only a few tickets left for our Afghan cooking class THIS Thursday!

Join us on January 26, from 2-4 pm at STL Foodworks (408 N Sarah Street) to learn how to make a delicious Afghan meal from scratch.

2️⃣ We now have tickets available for a Moroccan cooking class THIS Saturday!

Join us January 28th, from 1-3 pm at STL Foodworks (408 N Sarah Street) to learn how to make a flavorful Moroccan meal from scratch.

Click the link in our bio to get tickets today!
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Our next Afghan cooking class is on January 26! πŸ§‘πŸ½β€πŸ³

Our Afghan chef will teach the class how to make a delicious and nutritious Afghan meal from scratch πŸ˜‹ These events sell out fast, click the link in our bio to get your tickets today!
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A HUGE thank you to New City School Brownie Troop 2757 for donating $600 to Welcome Neighbor STL!

Last year, they decided to have a lemonade/baked goods stand to raise money for a good cause. They researched different organizations and decided on Welcome Neighbor STL πŸ’œ In less than an hour and a half, they raised $600! Way to go, girls! πŸŽ‰
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We have exciting news! After a pause over the summer, we have restarted our program to deliver meals to unhoused individuals!

Every other Friday, one of our refugee chefs makes 100 meals, then a volunteer takes the meals to City Hope STL. City Hope STL has 4 shelters, and they deliver to their facilities according to the need. Our chefs are excited to give back to Americans in the same way we have given back to them πŸ’œ

If you are interested in donating a meal to an unhoused individual, please visit the link in our bio. Your donation is very appreciated!
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Don't forget that tonight is our virtual Family Partnering Volunteer Orientation! It will from 7-8pm, click the link in our bio to join the meeting! ...

There is 🎊 ONE WEEK 🎊 until our next drive-thru dinner!

Tickets include a delicious six-course African meal delivered directly to your car and the opportunity to support our refugee neighbors! πŸ˜‹

The dinner will be on January 14 from 5-6pm at Webster United Methodist Church (600N Bompart Ave. Webster Groves)

✨Click the link in our bio to get your tickets today!✨
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Our holiday dessert packages were a huge success, we sold more than 200 dessert packages and made over $10,000! All the proceeds will go back to our refugee and immigrant chefs πŸ’œ

A BIG thank you to everyone who purchased a package and to everyone who volunteered to help distribute the packages!

We are always grateful for this community πŸ’œ
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St. Louis is expecting 800 new arrivals this year πŸ’œ We would love for you join us as we welcome, support, and partner with our new neighbors!

To get involved, join our next virtual family partnering volunteer orientation on January 11 at 7pm.

Click the link in our bio to join the meeting!
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Our next drive-thru event is on Jan. 14 at Webster United Methodist Church (600 N. Bompart Ave. Webster Groves)

Tickets include a ✨ six-course African meal delivered directly to your car ✨ and the opportunity to support our refugee neighbors while eating delicious food! Click the link in our bio to get your tickets today!
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Thank you for helping us raise over $400,000 through Supper Club events! πŸŽ‰

Since our Supper Club program started in August 2017, we have:

⭐️ Raised $414,448
⭐️ Served 15,665 people
⭐️ Had 209 events

πŸ’œ 90% of the proceeds go directly back to the refugee cooks who prepared the meal πŸ’œ

Click the link in our bio to schedule your own Supper Club!
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We had over 300 people attend our Baba Noel party for refugee families! We could never say thank you enough to everyone who volunteered and donated to make this special party possible ❀️ We are SO grateful for this community! Thank you for joining us in welcoming and supporting our new refugee neighbors ❀️

❀️ Thank you to the volunteers who helped plan the party! The hours and work you put in do not go unnoticed! @madfrick was the head chair, @_meganjwhite_ was the assistant chair, @jlbfloatcanna was chair over decor and room set up, Sue Davis and Sue Scott were chair over food, Delia Andrews was chair over games, @mylikesit was chair over crafts, and @lknellekenspencer was chair over entertainment.

😍 Thank you @9thstreet_abbey for letting us use the venue free of charge!

🍊Thank you to @schnuckmarkets for donating vegetable trays, fruit bowls, juice, cupcakes, and cookies!

πŸ’§Thank you @kreydistributingco for donating 500 bottles of water!

🍿Thank you Freddie’s Market for the popcorn!

πŸͺ Thank you @webster_pres for donating lots of cookies!

🧁Thank you to the volunteers who brought food!

🧹 Thank you to the volunteers who helped set up and clean up!

πŸš— Thank you to our family partners and volunteers who brought refugee families and joined them at the party!

🎟️ Thank you to @sclschoolstl 8th grade class for volunteering to run the games and prize table at the party, for raising $500, and for making and donating key chains for our families!

🎨 Thank you to the people who volunteered during the party! These volunteers ran our craft tables, the welcome/sign in table, and picked up trash during the party!

πŸ“¦ Thank you to everyone who donated items off our Amazon wishlist!

🍌 Thank you Chef Bananas for preforming!

🎁 Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser to buy gift cards for refugee children!

πŸ“Έ Thank you to @taunalprice, Mike Dyer, and Sebastian Macaire for volunteering to take photos during the event!

🧸Thank you to Donna Young, @ann.wittman, and to the @washu Division of Oncology Section of Stem Cell Biology for donating toys to gift to refugee children!

πŸŽ…πŸΌThank you to Rock Erekson for volunteering to be Santa!
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This weekend is the first weekend to pick up our international dessert packages for your holiday celebrations!
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Each package contains Syrian baklava, Afghan semolina cookies, and Moroccan coconut macaroons made by our refugee and immigrant chefs. Proceeds go directly back to our chefs.
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Dessert packages will be ready to pick up at the Welcome Neighbor STL office (3672 Arsenal St, St. Louis MO 63116) between 12 - 2pm on:
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Friday, December 16th.
Saturday, December 17th.
Friday, December 23rd.
Saturday, December 24th
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We will also have dessert packages available for sale at the pick up location for last minute purchase.
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Click the link in our bio to purchase your holiday dessert package!
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Our Baba Noel party was incredibly special for the 300+ people who attended!
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Everywhere we looked we saw huge smiles and heard joyful sounds! There was food, games, crafts, entertainment from @chefbananas and a visit from Baba Noel!
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Thanks to the generous donors who gave to our fundraiser, each child was gifted a $20 gift card and toy from Baba Noel.
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To put on an event like this requires a community, and we have the best! There is a thank you post coming soon to express our heartfelt thank you to each person and company who made this event possible!
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We are so grateful for our community! Thank you for helping us welcome and support our refugee neighbors!
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We had over 300 people come to our Baba Noel party on Saturday - more photos and videos to come! πŸŽ‰ ...

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and funding to make our Santa Party possible! With more than 300 attendees that have RSVPed, were expecting a full house. ...

You are invited to a holiday Supper Club meal! πŸŽ‰ The delicious food will be made by our refugee chefs, and the proceeds go directly back to our chefs!

The Supper Club is on Dec. 14 from 6-8 pm at St. Pius V Catholic Church (3310 South Grand). We hope to see you there!

Visit our website for more information and to purchase your tickets! Link is in our bio!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser to buy holiday gifts for refugee kids at our Santa party! We reached our goal! πŸ₯³

The kids will be so excited - thank you!
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A HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraiser to buy holiday gifts for refugee kids at our Santa party! The kids are going to be so excited to get their gifts! πŸ’•

We still need $490 to have enough funds to buy gift cards for all the kids. Can you help us reach our goal? Any amount helps!

Click the link in our bio to donate!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are always amazed by this community πŸ’œ

There is still time to give for #GivingTuesday! Click the link in our bio to give to support local refugee and immigrant families.
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