Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 1:00pm

Migwe Kimemia, AFSC Economic Justice Program Director in Dayton, Ohio says that Tom Walhrab will be one of ten individuals honored by the White House on September 19. "Tom  was the former Executive Director of the Dayton Human Relations Council  that spearheaded the Welcome Dayton Initiative," Migwe says.

The press release from the White House follows:

White House Recognizes Welcoming America Champions of Change

Immigrants Want to Contribute; White House Recognizes Leaders Who are Helping their Communities Seize that Potential During National Welcoming Week

As the debate in Washington on immigration moves forward, local community leaders across the country are recognizing that immigrants make us stronger and are working in their communities to create welcoming climates that harness the economic and social potential that newcomers bring.  

This Thursday, September 19th, the White House will recognize ten individuals and their innovative efforts to lift up newcomer contributions and involve the whole community in supporting successful immigrant integration.  Ten Welcoming America Champions of Change will be honored in a special program that will be streamed live starting at 1pm EST at: www.whitehouse.gov/live.