We believe that a Los Angeles that welcomes refugees and asylees with open arms - and in a way that promotes volunteerism and civic participation through the Neighborhood Council system - will be a better, more compassionate, and more engaged place for all Angelenos.
Four steps to Participate
LEARN: Get educated and empowered to help when we kickoff Welcome, Neighbor at New Arrival Festival, a free, open to the public event in downtown LA. New Arrival Fest will celebrate June as the official New Arrival Month in Los Angeles, and will feature educational panels, with music and food from around the world. Attending Angelenos will have the opportunity to connect with their newest neighbors, and one another, in person and will get educated about life as a new arrival refugee or asylee in Southern California. The festival will feature speakers and panelists from both the new arrival community and city elected officials.
RESOLVE: Adopt the Neighborhood Welcome Resolution written by Miry and already adopted by Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and the city of Los Angeles in 2017
COMMIT: Appoint a Welcoming Liaison to foster inclusivity in your neighborhood amongst resettling Angelenos and their neighbors. Welcoming Liaison will lead the recommendations to council for Welcoming Actions to participate in.
IMPACT: Participate as a council in Welcoming Actions - tangible activities, curated by Miry’s List, that directly impact new arrival families. Welcome Actions are ala carte, and councils can choose the ones that align with their goals and capabilities. Welcome Actions increase stakeholder participation with the Neighborhood Council through events, education, and the enthusiasm generated by seeing direct, tangible impact.
Participating neighborhood council choose outreach and engagement activities
Make a board meeting a drop-off zone for donations of diapers and wipes for new arrival families
Invite someone experiencing resettlement to a meeting to share their experience, with a focus on what happened after their plane landed at LAX
Host a town hall on refugee resettlement to educate neighbors about what resettling in America as a refugee looks like
Host a community dinner party and introduce neighbors to the incredible food and culture of our new neighbors
Adopt a family wishlist as a neighborhood and empower neighbors to send a welcome gift and note to a resettling family
Designate a welcoming committee chairperson to provide monthly board meeting updates for the community covering news and happenings with the local resettling community
Join Miry’s List at the Los Angeles Homelessness Resource Fair in Grand Park to meet organizations creating change for homeless Angelenos. And stop by the Welcome, Neighbor booth to say hello and learn about our program for activating Angelenos around helping their resettling neighbors.
Come to the Skirball for a Passover-themed evening in partnership with the nonprofit Miry’s List and explore the themes of freedom and redemption through food and storytelling.
Rabbi Sarah Bassin (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills) will begin by relating the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger to both the Passover story and the experience of refugees today. Then, enjoy wine and an elaborate Syrian dinner infused with the symbols of Passover and prepared by a family who recently resettled in LA. Finally, listen as Evan Kleiman (KCRW’s Good Food) moderates a discussion with the chefs about their arrival stories.
Spread the Love II is here! Spread the Love is a 4-part dinner series pairing new arrival chefs with notable chefs in LA. Proceeds benefit Miry’s List to support families resettling in America as refugees.
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council board vote on enrolling in Welcome, Neighbor to make DTLA a more welcoming place for resettling families by providing a mechanism for Angelenos to help their new neighbors.
At the March general board meeting, the council will vote to adopt the Neighborhood Welcoming Resolution declaring Highland Park to be a safe and welcoming place for all. Come witness the magic and meet your neighbors! Free and open to the public, like all Neighborhood Council meetings.
Palms Neighborhood Council votes to enroll in Welcome, Neighbor to make Los Angeles a more welcoming place for immigrants and resettling refugees, one neighborhood at a time!
Join us for Syrian dinner with Airbnb, WeWork and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to welcome refugees to Los Angeles. This is an evening of Syrian dinner and conversation to learn how you can support the local community through Airbnb's Open Homes program and WeWork's Refugee Initiative. Free, RSVP required.
Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting and Welcome Neighbor presentation and vote
Board vote passes to enroll in pilot for the last spot in Welcome, Neighbor pilot. Watch
Civic Life for All Angelenos: Spotlighting the Immigrant and Formerly Incarcerated Experience Our goal with this convening is to illuminate these nuances, learn what is common to all of us, and have a conversation about our collective civic life.
Los Feliz Neighborhood Council board vote to approve enrollment in Miry’s List initial pilot program – Welcome Neighbor, presented by Catherine Kim.
Saul Gonzalez reports: Even as refugee numbers are cut, some believe this creates opportunities for refugee agencies to think more creatively about how to help newcomers to the US. “We want to make it easy and enjoyable for people to get involved to directly help their resettling neighbors,” said Miry Whitehill, a former marketing and advertising executive who founded Miry’s List, a refugee aid group, in 2016.
For the season finale of That Moment, we’re talking about food—our relationship to it, how we find it, and what it provides for us beyond just sustenance. Host Doree Shafrir talks to Miry Whitehill, who started Miry's List, an organization that pairs new arrivals in the US with the resources they need. Miry started the organization after a chance meeting with a Syrian mother. She quickly discovered that food doesn't just bridge cultures—it can help families get back on their feet.
Refugees usually arrive in a new country with little to their names, isolated because their language and customs are different. But some refugees who arrive in Los Angeles benefit from Miry’s List, an organization founded by Miry Whitehill, an Eagle Rock mother of two who knew that her local community could provide direct help to people who are strangers in a new land.
As the border crisis continues with refugees hoping to apply for asylum, another group of refugees from very different background gathered in downtown LA to break bread together. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News.
Have you ever wondered how you could help the Refugee families that come to the United States? In this conversation with Miry Whitehill we discuss the three chronological pillars they practice to support each families’ first steps off the plane as they seek a safe haven from violence and persecution.