Conklin Dreams of One-Stop Shop for Immigrants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The English Center was founded in 1918 as part of the International Institute when many immigrants were coming to the Mahoning Valley to work in the steel mills. The institute became part of a foundation in 1986, and The English Center became a separate, nonprofit entity.

Today, the center teaches five levels of English to “non-English speaking adults that are coming to our community,” says Karen Conklin, executive director.

“If we could dream about a resettlement center, where if you come to this community from Ukraine [for example], and you need housing, you need social services, you need to learn English, you have this one-stop shop,” Conklin says. “It could be amazing.”

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