St. Joseph sisters help immigrants get a start on life in America

St. Joseph Sr. Patricia Madden teaches an English-language class at the Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center in Philadelphia. (Mercedes Gallese)

An Albanian, a Guatemalan and a Moroccan walk into a classroom.

Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but at the Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center here in the Kensington neighborhood, it's a daily reality.

"There's a real community formed here," St. Joseph Sr. Connie Trainor, director of the center for the past three years, told NCR. They may come from disparate places, but the immigrants who attend English and citizenship classes get more than just information. They get a start on life in America.

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