Resources for Family Members from the Philippines

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Groups for new immigrants from Philippines?

May 2013

My son and his new wife have recently moved here from the Philippines. I would like to find a group that she could join to make he feel more at home and meet some friends that she might have things in common with and to help her feel more at home here as she adjusts to her new life in the U.S. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. JR

Maligayang bati (Congratulations!) to your son and new daughter-in-law. St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland has a sizable contingent of friendly folks from the Philippines. Try the 12:30pm Sunday Mass and reception downstairs. Sean

Dear JR, cheers! don't worry too much about how your son and daughter in law will do here in the US.. it could have been helpful if you had included where in the bay area they live, or line of work they are but there are a lot of Filipinos here in the bay area. I don't think they have to be in a group for new immigrants from the Philippines to show them the ropes or make them feel at home unless they have really bad social skills, you know.. there are a lot of Filipino immigrants here that can help them as long as they are friendly and ask questions.. most of the time Filipino immigrants will tell them their own stories how they struggled and adjusted in the american life. I would think they'll be working soon right? Even non Filipinos could make them feel at home and treat them as family as long as they do the same. If you think about it, who would really show them around better but the ones that lived longer here, they don't have to be Filipinos you know:)

I am a Filipino too and we started in Michigan, where we're the only ones with brown/black hair but despite that we found real good friends in a non Filipino community. My point is they have to make friends with everybody and anybody can help make them feel at home too:)

don't worry too much...