Get to Know the Natural Helpers from the Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis

The Immigrant Welcome Center's Natural Helpers talk about their favorite autumn-time activity in Indiana and what they're most grateful for this year.

We all desire to build better lives for ourselves and our families. Uprooting to a different country can be scary and challenging. The Immigrant Welcome Center extends a friendly face and helping hand to empower immigrants by connecting them to the people, places, and resources that enable them to build successful lives and enrich our community.

Operating as a non-profit, the Immigrant Welcome Center's Natural Helpers volunteer their time, resources, and knowledge to help fellow community members. Natural Helpers can assist when a bilingual person is needed to help interact with the broader community.

Natural Helpers have legal U.S. status, demonstrate bilingual skills, have a history of serving members of an immigrant or refugee community in Indianapolis that struggles to meet basic needs, are knowledgable about her/his community’s activities and members, and is someone community members "naturally" turn to for help.


Meet some of Indy's Natural Helpers.

Guest post from the Immigrant Welcome Center's Blog

“My favorite autumn activity in Indiana is driving through Brown County for the turning of the leaves. Coming from a country without the 4 seasons, the different colors are a beautiful and wondrous thing for me to see each year.” Linda Simba has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is Kenya and she speaks English and Swahili.

“My favorite autumn activity in Indiana is driving through Brown County for the turning of the leaves. Coming from a country without the 4 seasons, the different colors are a beautiful and wondrous thing for me to see each year.”

Linda Simba has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is Kenya and she speaks English and Swahili.

“My favorite fall activity in Indianapolis is to walk in downtown streets with my grand-daughter. I especially like walking with her on Mass Ave. when the Halloween Trick or treat is on.” Gabriella Borbás has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Hungary and she speaks Hungarian, Russian, French, and English.

“My favorite fall activity in Indianapolis is to walk in downtown streets with my grand-daughter. I especially like walking with her on Mass Ave. when the Halloween Trick or treat is on.”

Gabriella Borbás has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Hungary and she speaks Hungarian, Russian, French, and English.

“My favorite autumn activity in Indianapolis is running or hiking on different trails around the city. My favorite spot in downtown Indy is probably down by the canal.” Qing Wang has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is China and she speaks Mandarin Chinese and English.

“My favorite autumn activity in Indianapolis is running or hiking on different trails around the city. My favorite spot in downtown Indy is probably down by the canal.”

Qing Wang has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. Her country of origin is China and she speaks Mandarin Chinese and English.

“My favorite autumn activity in Indiana is visiting Kelsay Farms for a Family Picnic. Here we can show the kids what a real farm looks like with plenty of activities. We can feed the cows here and see how the cows are milked.” Chandra Kesavan has been a Natural Helper since Spring 2016. His country of origin is India and he speaks Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and English.

“My favorite autumn activity in Indiana is visiting Kelsay Farms for a Family Picnic. Here we can show the kids what a real farm looks like with plenty of activities. We can feed the cows here and see how the cows are milked.”

Chandra Kesavan has been a Natural Helper since Spring 2016. His country of origin is India and he speaks Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and English.

“I am grateful for all of the help the IWC and Natural Helpers give the Indy immigrant community. Also, I am very grateful to God for friends and family that give me unconditional love and support all the time!” Graham Melendez has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. His country of origin is Peru and he speaks English and Spanish.

“I am grateful for all of the help the IWC and Natural Helpers give the Indy immigrant community. Also, I am very grateful to God for friends and family that give me unconditional love and support all the time!”

Graham Melendez has been a Natural Helper since Summer 2017. His country of origin is Peru and he speaks English and Spanish.

“I’m thankful to finally feel that I have the opportunity to realize any dream I want to pursue.” Hilina Fessahaie has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Eritrea and she speaks Tigrinya, Amharic, and English.

“I’m thankful to finally feel that I have the opportunity to realize any dream I want to pursue.”

Hilina Fessahaie has been a Natural Helper since early 2017. Her country of origin is Eritrea and she speaks Tigrinya, Amharic, and English.


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