Blog: New Americans

Immigrant Heritage Month Storyteller: Nicolai Salgau

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and we are excited to share stories of our community members who have made Toledo, and Lucas County, home. Hear from Nicolai, a small business owner in East Toledo, who found ways to give back to the supportive community that played a role in achieving his American dream.

Immigrant Heritage Month Storyteller: Araf Doumani

As we celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month, hear from Afaf, who has found her passion advocating for mental health care to promote general wellbeing for all, including the Middle East and North African community.

Immigrant Heritage Month Storyteller: Najwa Badawi

Our next Immigrant Heritage Month storyteller is Najwa Badawi. Read more about her journey, where she shares feelings of gratefulness "for the opportunities this country has offered me and hope that my story can serve as a reminder that with hard work and faith, better times lie ahead."

Immigrant Heritage Month Storyteller: Franco Vitella

Our second Immigrant Heritage Month storyteller is Franco Vitella. Read more about Franco’s journey to Toledo, as he celebrates the communities that have welcomed generations of his family, while creating new traditions through an appreciation of culture and heritage.

Immigrant Heritage Month Storyteller: Ting Li

Our first Immigrant Heritage Month storyteller is Ting Li, who comes from a city called Dalian, in China. Arriving as a student, Ting Li has since found her way to Toledo, where she experienced "numerous moments that people from a greater Toledo community radiated warmth towards each other."