The Why

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anais Nin

Research shows that for many people, a sense of security in their social life is a key indicator of overall health and happiness. Many transplants report feelings of isolation and loneliness when moving to a new city, that it is hard to make friends and connections. We want to make things a little easier for newcomers as they transition into a new city, and we want to help the city get to know the amazing new people who are calling it home.

We’ve heard over and over again in our conversations with people who have relocated, for any number of reasons - their job being transferred, to take care of a loved one, to get a fresh start - that the key to feeling at home in a place was to have a personal connection to people who seemed really invested in what they were doing, and where they were doing it. Our mission is to introduce folks who are itching to work toward making Cincinnati a better place with the folks that they need in their lives to make that happen. To integrate all of the incredible new faces in this town with the familiar ones. To loudly declare that it is a good and valuable thing to be interested in and excited about the new human beings who share space with you. This is not professional networking. This is not speed dating.  This is a good faith effort toward a more kind, connected community centered in the place we call home.

The Welcoming Party seeks to connect people who have recently moved to town with their new neighbors. We want to encourage and celebrate a sense of excitement around the new energy, ideas, and experience that folks who relocate bring with them.  We want to reduce feelings of isolation and help everyone feel like this is a place that they can call home. We believe that if we can speed up a sense of ownership and belonging, if we can facilitate connections between new and old Cincinnatians, then the social fabric of our community will be stronger and more supportive for everyone.


 

Experience

Nanny
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Jan 2007 to present

Research Assistant
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Aug 2015 to Dec 2015

Camp Counselor
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Jun 2014 to Aug 2014

Counseling Intern
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Jan 2016 to Aug 2016

Teaching Assistant
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Sep 2014 to Dec 2014

 

Education

M.S. Psychology
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Fall 2016 to present

B.A. Political Science
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Fall 2011 to Spring 2015

 

Volunteer Experience

Peer Counselor
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Jan 2014 to May 2014

Program Coordinator
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Jan 2013 to May 2013

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Jan 2012 to May 2012

Teen Grief Counselor
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Jun 2013 to Dec 2013

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Jun 2012 to Sep 2012

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Feb 2009 to Sep 2011

 

Skills & Languages

Organized

Patient

Communicative

Empathetic

Collaborative

English

Spanish

Mandarin

 

References

Guillermo Alvarez
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Margaret Oh
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Rain Tilden
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Doug Bolt
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