Elena Says “VOTE!”

Elena has seen and done a lot in her 83 years, but this week she experienced a special “first.” She VOTED for the very first time. Born in Cuba, but a decades-long resident of Puerto Rico, Elena moved to the United States last March and has been visiting ISC ever...

The Challenging Path to Citizenship

Attaining U.S. citizenship is not easy, and it’s become even more difficult in recent years. But have you ever considered the challenges to citizenship if you are an immigrant or refugee? The language difficulties (with no accommodations), the cultural competency, the...

The America I know and love as an immigrant

A blog by Vu Le, first published in Nonprofit AF, June 25, 2018.  I promised to write a more light-hearted post, but it’s been hard to find humor and joy lately. The images of kids and families, the audio clips, the “tender age shelters” haunt me. I know these...

Live Fearless

“Live Fearless” is the inspirational slogan for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s grant program. It’s also Intercultural Senior Center’s goal as we work to assist our immigrant and refugee seniors in living lives free of fear and lonely isolation. One of the...

My (New) Left Foot

Congratulations to this brave survivor and the committed ISC staffers who are determined that all our seniors take the steps necessary to live full, healthy lives. Nearly 25 years ago, Mat Tee was looking for food in the jungle near her home in Burma when she...

Student Volunteers Teach…and Learn

Intercultural Senior Center frequently welcomes student volunteers who assist our staff with everything from teaching conversational English to helping serve lunch to lending a hand with art projects. Both the staff and seniors are very appreciative of these gifts of...

Klee’s Big, Big Adventure

ISC Case Worker and Karen Interpreter Klee Shwe brightens our office every day with her friendly smile and can-do attitude, and recently she shared her gift for giving with Karen refugees halfway around the world. In late December, Klee went on a month-long adventure...

How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Aging

From TIME Health, January 2017 To the age-old question “Is coffee bad for you?”, researchers are in more agreement than ever that the answer is a resounding “no.” A study published last year in the journal Nature Medicine found that older people with low levels of...