In honor of Citizenship Day and National Welcoming Week, Sept. 19, the White House included Boisean Jan A. Reeves among a list of ten “Champions of Change” who work in their communities to integrate immigrants civically, linguistically and socially into their neighborhoods.
Reeves serves as director of the Idaho Office for Refugees in Boise. Reeves has been involved for over twenty-five years in developing and implementing service programs for refugees, beginning as a staff employment specialist in 1985 and serving in a number of management positions since. Mr. Reeves is veteran of the Vietnam conflict and more recently the 2010 recipient of the Liberty Bell award presented by the Idaho Fourth District Bar Association.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. America is a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and our economy as the world’s greatest. Champions of Change are ensuring that America’s history and tradition as a nation of immigrants continues to enrich our communities and our country.
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and the nine other award recipients, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/champions.