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Author: Ryene Oliveira

  • A Call for Compassion on Refugee Day: Understanding Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    Every year, June 20th marks Refugee Day—a poignant reminder of the millions around the world forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, or disaster. At Luminus Network, we believe in the power of empathy and understanding, especially towards refugees and asylum seekers who have endured…


  • Celebrating 12 Years of DACA

    This week marks the 12th anniversary of DACA! Since its inception, DACA has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth, granting them the opportunity to live, work, and thrive in the United States. These “Dreamers” have become integral members of our communities, contributing as students, professionals, and…


  • Honoring Caribbean American Heritage Month

    June marks the annual celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring the rich and diverse contributions of Caribbean Americans to the United States. This celebration highlights the vibrant cultures, histories, and achievements of people from the Caribbean islands who have significantly influenced American society. A Rich…


  • Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month with stories of strength and resilience

    June marks Immigrant Heritage Month, a time to honor the diverse cultures, rich traditions, and invaluable contributions of immigrants in our communities. At Luminus Network for New Americans, our mission is to empower and support immigrants, refugees, and asylees as they build new lives in the United States. We believe…


  • Exploring the Heart of Heritage: Our Visit to Freetown Farm

    In the verdant expanse of Howard County, Maryland, lies a haven where history whispers through the rustling leaves and the fertile soil holds stories of resilience and community. Recently, we had the privilege of stepping onto this sacred ground at Freetown Farm. Led by our CEO Gabriel Moreno and Chief…


  • Luminus celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Community

    Cinco de Mayo is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture that resonates worldwide. At Luminus, we cherish the diversity within our community, and Cinco de Mayo provides a perfect opportunity to honor the contributions and richness of Mexican culture. Join us…


  • Advocating for Affordable Housing in Howard County

    In a world where housing affordability remains a pressing issue, organizations like Luminus are taking proactive steps to address the problem. As a proud member of the Affordable Housing Coalition of Howard County, Luminus stands shoulder to shoulder with partner organization Bridges to Housing Stability in their relentless pursuit of…


  • Luminus Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    May is a significant month in the United States as it marks Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring and celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to our society. At Luminus Network for New Americans,…


  • Embracing Jewish Heritage: Celebrating Jewish Heritage Month

    May is not only a month of blooming flowers and warmer weather; it’s also a time to celebrate and honor Jewish Heritage Month. Throughout this special month, we pay homage to the rich tapestry of Jewish culture, history, and contributions that have profoundly influenced societies around the globe. Jewish heritage…


  • Honoring Haitian Heritage: A Celebration of Resilience and Rich Culture

    As May unfolds, so does the celebration of Haitian Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring the multifaceted tapestry of Haiti’s culture, history, and contributions. Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Haiti boasts a rich heritage that resonates far beyond its borders. From its captivating art and vibrant music…