Friendships & Education

Our mission to foster mutual relationships between immigrant newcomers and local community members is realized through programs that facilitate friendships and provide education. When we all have friends and a developing understanding of the world around us, it’s easier to feel like we belong…and that others do too.

Welcome Project

The Welcome Project fulfills the mission of Neighbor to Neighbor by facilitating friendships and providing education for both newcomer immigrants and local community members.


Driving Program

In 2022, Neighbor to Neighbor raised funds to purchase a driving simulator -- a full cab with video game controls to practice driving rules and situations. The simulator is housed in La Casa de Amistad's tech hub, where community members can sign up to practice driving for one hour at a time. These practice sessions count toward the 40 day-time hours required to obtain a driver's license.

Craft'n'Chat (Afghan Women's Group)

Each Wednesday, a group of eight Afghan women and their children gather at the St. Joseph County Public Library's Community Learning Center to practice and learn English while enjoying some tea and snacks together. The children play in the background with the supervision of volunteers, and the women are led by trained English teachers. This program exists in partnership with the United Religious Community and the Public Library and is funded by the Archewell Foundation (

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