Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Hoosier volunteers tell truths about detained mothers

“COIN's local practices align closely with those of DPBP in Texas, and this trip and subsequent community report is an opportunity to show that Hoosiers care and how volunteering can make a difference in the lives of our immigrant neighbors” said Julie Sommers Neuman, Executive Director of COIN.

Indy group heads to the border to help migrant women

Maria Pimentel-Gannon is going with her husband. She's one of the interpreters. Asked why she wanted to go, Pimentel-Gannon got choked up and said, "I have two kids...I can't imagine being separated, being kept from them and not being able to do whatever I could" to help them.

Immigrant donation distribution

Help newcomers adjust to Indy.

Welcoming Week All-IN + Sparks @ the Circle

September 18th — CIC's Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps is organizing a big party for immigrant Indy. Celebrate Indianapolis as a welcoming and diverse city with music, food, prizes and more! Sponsored by the Indiana Humanities Council, the ALL-IN Block Party is presented by the Immigrant Welcome Center and many community partners

Images of St. George’s Orthodox Christian Church

"We felt we were transported to a medieval sacred space with beautiful murals and design elements that embellished the church architecture."

Watch the film “Arranged”

August 20th — Two young women - one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim - learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages.

IRSC member Liz Irk

Liz’s duties focus on reaching out to immigrant and refugee communities impacted by cancer, including organizing cancer-related educational opportunities for refugees and immigrants, recruiting and managing bilingual volunteers, coordinating outreach interpreters and managing material translations

IRSC presents Immigrant Heritage Showcase

June 30th — an opportunity to share your family’s heritage story. Bring photos, items, and food that showcase your family's immigrant heritage.

Service: The Feet of the Interfaith Community

Joining AmeriCorps is simple! Send us your resume. We'll meet with you in July and direct you toward a host-site agency that fits.

Values that drive policy debates in Indiana

June 8th a group of graduate students from Indiana University's School for Public and Environmental Affairs organized a community conversation about values and public policy.

IRSC member Hanako Gavia

IRSC job title: Welcoming Indianapolis Coordinator at New Immigrant Center   Why she chose AmeriCorps service: “I am motivated more by helping people than by money,” Hanako said.   Why AmeriCorps and IRSC are important: “AmeriCorps helps builds organizational capacity.,” Hanako said.

Mussie Zena on his family’s US citizenship

This is from Catholic Charities Indianapolis — Refugee and Immigrant Services. Mussie Zena is a member of the Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps serving at Catholic

World Refugee Day @ Indy Urban Acres

June 20th — Learn to grow food and community! Volunteer on the urban farm from 1-3pm and celebrate from 3-4. Event Is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Music and light refreshments provided.

German lessons about immigration policy

June 5th — Europe’s immigration system is broken, and no one knows how to fix it. David Sklar of the Jewish Community Relations Council returns from Berlin with a report

IRSC member Mussie Zena

Immigrant Refugee & Service Corps member Mussie Zena serves at Catholic Charities, where he helps immigrants and refugees with employment appointments and interviews

IRSC’s Rose Ohiami

Rose Ohiami is hosted by La Plaza, where she assists families with completion of applications for food stamps, cash assistance and/or Medicaid, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving programs.