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May 12, 2017

Aldersgate Welcomes ourBRIDGE for KIDS to our Campus.

ldersgate is proud to call east Charlotte home – the most culturally diverse sector of the Queen City. Core to our mission, we partner with others to form vibrant communities where everyone has a voice and value. 

And what a partnership this is! On June 19, our ‘senior living community’ officially becomes multigenerational when ourBRIDGE for KIDS, a nonprofit after-school program for immigrant and refugee children moves – and expands – to the new Center for Health, Education and Opportunity Center at Aldersgate.

This 6,000-square-foot center will nearly triple their former space of seven years. It will move them from a somewhat hidden location in Plaza Midwood to a prominent space right off Shamrock Drive and even more important, allow the organization to serve 75 percent more kids.

Currently, the program has 78 children originally from Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

These refugee and immigrant children struggle with complex issues specific to their population, such as family separation, life in refugee camps and cultural shock. 

Within the last decade, Charlotte’s demographics have changed dramatically. Our city has become the biggest, fastest-growing non-traditional destination for immigrants from all over the world. 

In fact, right now in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), there are 37,170 students who speak another language other than English at home.

There are 187 languages spoken in CMS, and 165 counties represented. There are 195 countries recognized by the United Nations. That means that 86 percent of the countries on this planet are right here, in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Every one of the 17,000 LEP children living in Charlotte has a story. With ourBRIDGE for KIDS and the volunteerism of Aldersgate elders, we hope we can shape these stories to have a life-changing impact. 

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