Boise, Idaho, has a thriving refugee population that enriches the community’s social and economic fabric. This Welcoming America member is committed to inclusion and as part of their mayor’s priorities, has invested in a full-time police refugee liaison officer to respond to the unique needs of new Americans.

“Law enforcement isn’t just about making an arrest, but truly providing justice and making sure everyone feels safe and a part of their community,” said Officer Dustin Robinson, the unit’s second Police Refugee Liaison Officer since the program launched.

Above: Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter meets with local gardeners

At block parties around planting and harvest times, entire neighborhoods in south Philly come together to share in produce, cooking and other cultural activities, like music and dancing. Indeed, Growing Home Gardens has even caught the attention of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who attended a recent block party, lauding gardeners’ contributions to the community.