Refugee aid program selected as Renewal Awards finalist

Welcoming the Stranger, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania immigrant education program, has earned a spot as a finalist for Allstate and The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards.

Through participation in the program’s free classes, Philadelphia area immigrants learn the “skills they need to become self-sufficient, active, productive, thriving members of their communities,” according to the organization’s entry on The Renewal Award’s website.

The program offers classes in English, computers and citizenship preparation. Judges culled the 15 finalists from a pool of 9,300 eligible nonprofits across the U.S., according to a press release.

“Allstate makes The Renewal Awards possible because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities,” said Stacy Sharpe, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Allstate. “We also know from the vast number of applicants that the need is great—but so too is the creativity and diversity among change-makers across the country. We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger.”

If Welcoming the Stranger becomes one of the five winners, it will receive a $20,000 grant from Allstate during a summit in New York City on April 3.

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