Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Welcome to International Neighbors of Ann Arbor

WELCOMING WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS (SINCE 1958)

Donations

If you would like to make a donation to International Neighbors we would be very grateful. Please contact our treasurer treasurer@international-neighbors.org for donation information. We thank you so much!

Dear Fellow International Neighbors Women:

Welcome back! 

I hope you all were able to come through the terrible pandemic without too much stress. I know you are looking forward to meeting in person again as much as I am. As we begin moving toward more in-person small group meetings, I have a sense of hope and pride because, throughout the pandemic, members of our IN community remained engaged with one another outdoors in winter and through the use of technology. I know we all look forward to being able to gather again in person for International Days. As for what lies ahead I would like to share some of our plans for 2021.

With optimism, I anticipate International Neighbors will hold in-person International Days in October, or November.  While this may not be a complete return to our International Day celebrations of previous years, we are determined to honor our members with a more personal, traditional approach than was possible in 2020. Watch for more details in mid-September as our planning moves forward.

I recognize the many difficulties the past year presented to us. The year 2020 will long be remembered as one of the most arduous in history. As a community, we came together and rose to meet the challenges head-on––further demonstrating the extraordinary resilience, strength, and determination of IN women. Whatever lies ahead in the year to come, I know we will thrive and look forward to all we will accomplish as International  Neighbors, our IN Days, our groups, and the neighbors that connect with us from afar.

Please check your email – our Facebook page, and your group emails for updates as we move closer to in-person IN Days. Please, if you have not yet been vaccinated do so – it will be a requirement to attend our in-person meetings in the future.

With kindest regards and optimism,

Andra Bostian Ferguson – President,  International Neighbors

 

2020-2021 Annual Report

COVID-19 Update: October 18th, 2021

Dear Members: 

All participants are required to wear a mask and be fully vaccinated to attend in-person International Neighbors events. Children that are too young to be vaccinated can attend the events, with a vaccinated adult, provided they wear a mask.

If you have not already gotten your flu shot this year, please get one now. You don’t want to risk getting flu and COVID-19 and you don’t want to risk spreading it to anybody else. Getting a flu shot does not cause you to get the flu. It’s very safe.

Message from the Department of Health and Human Services:
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-545138–,00.html

International Neighbors Members:

If you think you may have been exposed to someone you can get a rapid test. You do not have to have ANY symptoms just check the box that asks if you have been around someone that may have covid19.

CVS is offering free drive-thru testing at two Ann Arbor locations (2100 W. Stadium Blvd. and 1700 S. Industrial Highway) for people with symptoms, as well as asymptomatic workers and asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19. 1-866-389-2727

International Day

Socializing, refreshments and special programs give women an opportunity to share their cultures and gain a deeper insight into American life.

Activities

Our monthly programs and small groups are held from September through May.
Some groups continue throughout
the summer.

We are International Neighbors

We are a non-political, non-religious, non-commercial organization that welcomes ALL women from ALL nations with friendship, love, and respect. We stand with our newcomers and longtime members, as good neighbors do, and support them in times of need.”

Conversation, Discussion, & Reading

Tea Groups and Monthly Gatherings

Make friends, and explore different cultures

Volunteer opportunities and more!

Activities & Groups?

International Neighbors (IN) are “Neighbors” (local women) who welcome “Newcomers” (women from other countries) into the community through participation in a wide variety of activities. Our monthly programs and small groups are held from September through May.

English Conversation Groups.
English Conversation Groups are for women who wish to practice and improve their spoken English with the assistance of a volunteer leader. Learn More »
Discussion Groups.
Discussion Groups meet twice a month in the homes of members to discuss different topics or films. Meetings are educational and usually last about 2 hours. Learn More »
Reading Groups.
Reading Groups are focused on reading magazines, books, newspapers and online articles from local websites. Learn More »
Special Interest Groups.
Special Interest Groups offer a wide range of activity groups focused on a specific interest. These are categorized in the following main groups: Food, Arts and Crafts, Exercise/Fitness and excursions. Learn More »
Tea Groups.
Tea Groups are friendly, informal social gatherings of 10-20 Hostesses and Guests. They meet at least once a month in the homes of hostesses for conversation, refreshments and friendship. Learn More »

Our History

In 1958, Esther Dunham learned from a friend at the University of Michigan International Center that an increasing number of foreign graduate students were arriving in Ann Arbor with their families. The wives and children often faced difficult adjustments and loneliness. Mrs. Dunham and her neighbors responded, offering hospitality with a series of informal gatherings of neighborhood groups, more or less, on a monthly basis. English Conversation Groups and a newsletter were added.

Special Events

Fall Open House

Old and new members gather to socialize and to learn more about activities in the coming year.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting takes place on the last International Day of the year in May.

International Day

International Day is a monthly gathering for all women.