We are a nation of immigrants.  For over 400 years America has been a beacon for individuals around the globe searching for a better life.  As Nashvilians know, the strong economy and temperate climate we enjoy have made our city an ideal place to call home and a magnet for those seeking a fresh start.   While our new international neighbors make many contributions to our community, they also face challenges that come with adapting to a new environment.  A number of charitable organizations work tirelessly to address those challenges, and "Next Door Neighbors: Community" highlights three of those organizations.

ESL TO GO is a classroom on wheels operated by the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute that travels to apartment complexes where refugees live, eliminating the need for transportation to and from class.  The 34 foot truck is specially designed and engineered to be a fully-functioning ESL classroom on wheels.

World Relief Nashville strives to meet the physical, relational, and spiritual needs of refugees who have been forced to leave their country, culture, friends, and families for safety.  Over the past 30 years,  World Relief Nashville has given thousands of refugees the gift of a new beginning in Music City.

Conexion Americas has been working to make the integration of our Latino neighbors easier for everyone in Middle Tennessee through a number of civic, economic and social programs.  Headquartered in "Casa Azafran" the new community center on Nolensville road, Conexion is perfectly located to offer support to residents in Nashville's most diverse corridor.  A wide range of services are offered at the center including English and business classes, tax preparation and homeowner education.

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