The Melting Pot
Conversation Café – Saturdays from 10:30am-Noon. The Melting Pot provides the perfect setting for refugees to practice their English and make friends with Americans. Be part of their learning experience by engaging them in conversational English that will help them be successful in the United States. Come to The Hub or contact Stephen Dirks for more information.
What is the Melting Pot?
Thousands of refugees have fled their home countries because of political oppression, religious discrimination, ethnic warfare and even genocide. They have been welcomed by the U.S. government and many have been resettled in Dallas. They have great hope but find difficulty trying to begin their new lives in a country and culture they don’t understand. The Melting Pot is a place in our nearby Vickery Meadow neighborhood where they find answers and new friends. Through a partnership with a local apartment complex, Fellowship Dallas has renovated a former leasing office into a café and classroom. This venue has provided a great opportunity for refugees and Americans to develop relationships and establish community together. During weekend classes, students learn how to be successful in American culture while volunteers encourage and empower students to find solutions to everyday problems. Whether you are a refugee or American, the Melting Pot is a place where your story matters.
Who are refugees?
A refugee is someone who has fled their home country due to political, social or religious persecution and cannot return. They have been interviewed by the United Nations and U.S. government and offered legal residency.
What is a coach?
A coach is someone who volunteers to help guide a refugee through the initial stages of life in the United States. It is the coach’s task to be a friend, guide and advocate who contributes to the refugee’s adjustment to their new community. Friendship may include anything from visiting each other’s homes to going out to a concert, sporting event or movie. Playing simple board games, sharing a lunch, or otherwise making time for a refugee student will show that a coach cares and is sincere in his or her desire to help them adapt. Additionally, each coach will contribute to the development of their refugee’s English language skills as well as their understanding of many cultural nuances that comprise American life.
How do I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to come to the Melting Pot and observe a class and coaching session. Classes and coaching sessions are held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. For more information contact Stephen Dirks at (972) 852-4135.