When you are in a multicultural, multiracial, or multifaith family you are often looking for those couples and families that have walked in your shoes. Often you want to have the opportunity to ask questions and hear their stories. There is often a desire to connect with others that are like minded and […]
When you are in a multicultural, multiracial, or multifaith family you are often looking for those couples and families that have walked in your shoes. Often you want to have the opportunity to ask questions and hear their stories. There is often a desire to connect with others that are like minded and experiencing something similar.
Often the questions that come up sound like this:
- How did you do….?
Where did you find…?
- How did your family respond to…?
- What do you do when…?
- Do you know anyone…?
I know from experience find a community that is inclusive and welcoming is also not the easiest process. Plus if you move (like my family did) you have to leave one community and find or start to build another. So in the hopes of building more resources for families like us, here’s some ideas you can try if you are feeling stuck finding your community.
- Search Facebook for groups with words like: multicultural, multiracial, biracial, or multifaith, intercultural, interfaith, and your geographic region. Join those groups and ask if anyone lives in your area or knows anyone.
- Search Facebook organization, education, and business pages with the same words as above but call or email those organizations to see if they have any groups or ways that you can get involved. Often they events where you can meet people.
- Contact a local institution or organization that already exists and ask if they have any groups that are for couples or families like you. If not, offer to chair a committee or team to start one.
- Join a new public Facebook group that I started as a space to share resources, new communities, and connect with each other. It’s just in the beginning stages but hopefully as people join you will be able to find other couples and families like you. I also post info about other couples and families like us, and info about new communities (which are popping up all the time) as I hear about them. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/upowerchangecommunity/
Those are some ideas to get you connected. It’s helpful to keep an open mind and be ready to make new friends and learn new ideas. Also, remember to be patient with the process to find the right community. Sometimes you may have to try out a few different communities before you find the “right fit.” You also may find that you like a few different communities because they fit different aspects of yourself and your needs.
So go forth and meet some new people 🙂
P.S. Are you interested in starting your own community but not sure how to do that or where to start? Looking to join a community but just can’t find the right one for you? Comment on this post or send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com with the word “COMMUNITY” and I will be sure to invite you to my upcoming online virtual inclusive community event where you can hear from panelists who have done just that, get your answers, and find your community.