Welcome shirts

Welcome shirt

 

Buy a shirt to tell refugees and immigrants they are Welcome

We want to share the message Welcome #ThisIsYourHomeToo with all refugees and immigrants.

You can too, by purchasing a shirt from our Welcoming Campaign.

Shirts and tanks cost $24. Kids shirts are also available for $15.

World Refugee Day is June 20th

Send a visual message of welcome to refugees and immigrants. Many refugees and immigrants feel unwelcome in our country. Our goal is to have US-born individuals across the country wearing these shirts out so that newcomers can read, in their native language, messages of welcome. For newcomers to know there are so many who are grateful to have them as part of their communities. Refugees and immigrants: Welcome #ThisIsYourHomeToo!

Shirts are available in eight languages

From some of the languages most commonly spoken by newcomers in the United States:
Arabic | Farsi (Persian) | French | Karen | Nepali | Spanish | Swahili | Vietnamese

In the near future, we hope to add more languages and an option to find the most common languages spoken in your area.

This current series comes in perfect time for Welcoming Week.

Buy a shirt now!

Post on Social Media

Once you receive your shirt, help us get the message out and post on social media with the hashtag:

#ThisIsYourHomeToo

Proceeds support USAHello

There are more refugees in the world today than at anytime since World War II. USAHello is a non-profit that uses the power of the internet to help refugees and displaced individuals build new lives in the United States. Our web platform offers free online courses, helps newcomers find resources & local services, and provides community support.

Refugees and immigrants make our communities a better place.

If you want to read more about how the lives of US-born Americans have been touched by refugees, asylees, and immigrants, we encourage you to read our collection of World Refugee Stories. From soldiers to politicians, employers to students, social workers to business people – everyday Americans tell their stories to celebrate the goodness and the courage of the refugees, asylees, and immigrants who make the United States a better place.

Inspiration for this project

This project was inspired by a local project started by Andrew Arehart in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrew held a booth at a local library where he had citizens wear Welcome shirts. For the past several years, USAHello’s outreach materials have focused on welcoming newcomers in their own languages. This year, some of our Refugee Technology and Advisory Council members suggested we do a tshirt project to welcome newcomers in their languages and we immediately thought of Andrew’s original project. With thanks and acknowledgement to Andrew.

për Leslie G. Kaplan
Dr. Leslie G. Kaplan, Associate Director of the Hicks Honors College at the University of North Florida. She has lived in England, France, and Greece as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California before settling in Florida. Her academic research spans a range of folklore topics, including articles on King Arthur, archaeologists and early European travelers to Greece, children’s food culture, and study abroad. Në 2010, she partnered with the Jacksonville refugee resettlement community (Lutheran Social Services, World Relief, Organizata bamirëse katolike, and the Department of Children and Families) to provide support for Jacksonville’s growing refugee community. The ongoing program connects college students with refugees in mentoring, tutoring, and coaching relationships. She has given multiple presentations on the subject at both academic and professional conferences. She works closely with the grassroots organization Welcoming America and multiple local non-profits to make Jacksonville a more welcoming community for immigrants. She is involved with several other community organizations focused on education, culture and community, including the Children’s International Summer Villages and the Slow Food First Coast.