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Berkshire Immigrant Center Honors One Of Its Own
Amy Krzanik reports from Sheffield. Thanks to gracious hosts Catherine and James Miller, the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) was able to introduce South County residents to the important work it does on Sunday, Oct. 25. The get-together also was a chance to honor Martha Escobar, an immigrant herself, for her work on the behalf of the immigrant community in the area, which includes hosting a Spanish-language show on local radio station WBCR-lp where she plays Latin music and provides community news for Spanish speakers. Special guests included Mass. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli and Naji Nejaime, owner of Great Barrington restaurant Naji’s Mediterranean Cuisine, who testified to the ways in which the Center helped his aging parents become U.S. citizens. Food was provided by Chez Nous, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Domaney’s Liquors and others. The Center assists those new to this country in attaining citizenship; finding work, healthcare and childcare; and learning English, among many other low-cost services it provides. Since its inception in 1997, the BIC has served over 9,800 clients from 86 different countries with help from generous donors such as the ones pictured below. Shown above, Mass. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli formally congratulates Martha Escobar.
Host James Miller, with Linda Mitchell and BIC director Hilary Greene; Mary Spina of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, with Barbara Mahony.
Smitty Pignatelli with Ilana Steinhauer, Ellen Rowntree, and Julie and Jeff Blake, all from Volunteers In Medicine.
BIC board members Giora Witkowski and Marge Cohan with Ethan Klepetar, chair of the BIC advisory board; board member Michael Bullock with LitNet volunteer Marcia Powdermaker and Steve Cohen.
Martha Escobar celebrated the event with family.