New groups helps immigrants, refugees find their way to services in St. Louis

Many organizations in St. Louis have made a concerted effort recently to be more welcoming to refugees and immigrants.

But that doesn’t mean that when people get here they have an easy adjustment.

That process should be made easier, some say, with a new effort called the Immigrant Service Providers Network.

The group, announced Tuesday at the International Institute, brings together local organizations already helping the foreign-born population in St. Louis.

Kenyan immigrant Geoffrey Soyiantet talks about his transition to life in the U.S. A new coalition called the Immigrant Service Providers Network aims to help newcomers adjust and get the services they need when they come to St. Louis.

“We want to make sure we know that everybody knows what each other is doing,” said St. Louis Center For Family Development CEO Nancy Spargo, who is chairing the new group, which has taken the nickname ISPN.  “We want to make sure we’re pulling together, that we are coordinated in our efforts.”

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