Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America is proud to highlight one of our outstanding sponsors, The International Institute of St. Louis. The International Institute of St. Louis (www.iistl.org) offers a variety of integration services for 7,000 immigrants and refugees from 75 countries each year. The Institute is the southern anchor for the City of St. Louis’ thriving International District, located just south of I-44 on S. Grand Blvd.
A substantial number of our clients are recently-arrived refugees fleeing war-torn countries around the world. We are there to help them by providing services at many stages of their adjustment process. When these newcomers first arrive in St. Louis, they must learn English, find a job, register their kids for school, and learn about their new homeland. After a few years, many start businesses, buy homes, and become US Citizens. We also produce St. Louis’ highly acclaimed annual Festival of Nations (www.festivalofnationsstl.org), this year scheduled for August 25 and 26. More than 100,000 visitors flock to the admission-free festival for a two-day round-the-world adventure of music, dance, food and more. More than 100 ethnic and international groups display their culture and provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the cultural roots of themselves and their neighbors.
The International Institute is our region’s hub for international activities and information,” said Anna Crosslin, President and CEO. “Our clients, volunteers and staff routinely travel the stretch of I-44 that we are sponsoring; so we are pleased to be helping Missouri keep its roads clean and beautiful.