Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
Press Release

Refugees to share food and culture at annual celebration

Multicultural performances, potluck are highlights of annual celebration

By - Dec 14th, 2015 02:07 pm
2014 International Holiday Party. Photo courtesy of  Neighborhood House of Milwaukee.

2014 International Holiday Party. Photo courtesy of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE, DECEMBER 14, 2015 – International Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, will hold its annual International Holiday Party on Thursday December 17th, 2015, from 9am to 12 noon.

International Learning Center is an adult education center serving over 600 refugees and immigrants annually through English language instruction, citizenship instruction, job readiness, life skills, math and computer literacy. The center also features an on-site preschool and a special program for older refugees seeking citizenship and socialization.

Highlights of this year’s event include home-made food and performances by refugees from Burma, Somalia, and other countries. Santa will be on hand to greet children, and gifts for all will be generously provided by members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomenee Falls.

“Refugees and immigrants have been enriching our community for generations and the newest arrivals are no exception,” said Neighborhood House Executive Director Jeff Martinka. “Neighborhood House is honored to be working with new Milwaukeeans as they rebuild their lives in a new land and help them toward self-sufficiency as they become citizens and vital members of the workforce.”

International Learning Center is located at 639 N. 25th St. in the lower level of the Central United Methodist Church (ring buzzer at south-facing door off parking lot). For more information, contact Cynthia Zarazua, Instructional Coordinator, at (414) 344-477 or

International Holiday Party at International Learning Center
639 N. 25th St. Milwaukee, WI 53233
Thursday December 17th, 2015
9am to 12 noon
Contact: Cynthia Zarazua, Instructional Coordinator(414) 344-4777,

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee is a community center in the settlement house tradition now in its 70th year, founded to help strengthen children and families in some of the city’s most under-served neighborhoods. The agency has touched the lives of over a million children and adults since 1945. Its award-winning programs serve infants & toddlers, school-age and teen youth, adults and families, refugees and immigrants. More at

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One thought on “Refugees to share food and culture at annual celebration”

  1. Diane says:

    Typo! Menomonee.

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