Stories From the Heart of International House

  • Before I Came to International House

    Posted on Oct 16, 2017

    I have served at International House in a variety of capacities for almost 10 years. In that time I have continually learned. Honestly, I learn something new every time I enter IHouse. 

    Genuinely doing life with others is a great teacher.

    Before I came to International House…

    I only knew how to say hello in one language, now I can say it eight different ways.

    I didn’t always take off my shoes when I entered a friend's house.

    I had never eaten lamb before.

    I didn’t understand that there are 135 different ethnic groups in Burma, each with its own history, culture, and language. I just thought pe...

  • A Safe Place

    Posted on Sep 07, 2017

    Have you ever felt slapped in the face by an expectation you didn't even know you had? If you haven't, it's a humbling experience. And if you have, allow me to commiserate with you . . .

    My first day on staff at International House began on a Women's Club day. For anyone not familiar with what Women’s Club is, it's a day where thirty to forty women from just about as many countries come to IHouse for English classes, or sewing and knitting instruction, as well as to enjoy fellowship with other refugees and internationals and numerous volunteers. Many of them also have their children with them ...

  • Sewing New Possibilites

    Posted on Jul 16, 2017

    When a woman arrives from a refugee camp and lands in Fort Wayne, her world is suddenly and radically different. The weather is colder, the Americans are foreign, and our customs are strange to her. There is a great deal to adapt and adjust to as she navigates this new world.

    Many times as a lady joins the sewing program at International House, one of the first obstacles she encounters, outside of the language barrier, is making choices. Simple things that American women take for granted are milestones for a newly arrived international. 

    The sewing cottage at International House is a safe and ...