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Yoga at NSC

By Gwen Soffer

Yoga is described as a practice of the mind, body and spirit, and its benefits for physical and mental wellbeing are many. Practicing yoga has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as reduce chronic pain, sleep issues, muscle tension,...

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What Is NSC's New Occupational Therapy Program?

Since 2009, Nationalities Service Center (NSC) has partnered with Jefferson Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) to deliver extra support to those newly arrived families with special needs. In the past, the partnership has produced a Center City walking tour for newly arrived refugees as...

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Reflections from NSC's New Occupational Therapy Program

It’s not your everyday occupational therapy fieldwork experience. My first month at Nationalities Service Center culminated in exercising my right to participate in American democracy on behalf of the clients I wish to serve. This took the form of one raised voice contributing to a unified...

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NSC Launches Innovative Occupational Therapy Intervention Program

In January 2017, NSC launched a new innovative program for newcomers in partnership with Jefferson's School of Occupational Therapy. Below are reflections from one of our first students, Kelly Lapp.

If this fieldwork has taught me anything thus far, it is to “keep open.”...

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Refugee Advocate and Global Tastes Honoree Highlighted in the Inquirer

Refugee advocate and Global Tastes honoree Dr. Marc Altshuler was highlighted today in the Inquirer. In his commentary, he describes the unique collaboration in Philadelphia healthcare for refugees and discusses the importance of these partnerships both for Philadelphia's refugees as well as...

Family Strengthening at Work

When a family arrives in the U.S. there is hope for a future where they can live in peace and thrive in their new home. As anyone who has made a transition with their family, whether it is a move across town, across the country, or across the world, dynamics change and new issues arise. A...

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NSC to Honor Immigrant Champions at Annual Gala

Nationalities Service Center is delighted to announce that Cristina Martinez, chef and co-owner of the renowned South Philly Barbacoa restaurant , is the 2017 Nationalities Service Award honoree. This award is presented each year to an immigrant who demonstrate the extraordinary value and...

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"The Lucky Ones"

On Wednesday night, NSC welcomed its final refugee family to Philadelphia ahead of the moratorium start on Friday. Michael Matza of the Inquirer joined the case managers as they picked the family up at the airport and brought them to their new home....

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Last Refugees Arrive This Week Ahead of 120 Day Resettlement Pause

On Tuesday, NSC resettled one of the last refugee families to arrive in Philadelphia ahead of the 120 day moratorium. WHYY reporter Dana DiFilippo joined NSC staff as they picked the family up at the airport and reunited them with family here in Philadelphia.

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Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers

On January 31st, just five days after President Trump signed the Executive Order halting refugee resettlement, Nationalities Service Center supported “Breaking Bread Breaking Barriers,” a project of Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia Human Rights Commission, HIAS Pennsylvania and...