Immigration is changing the face of Berkshire County 3/1/07

Albany, NY – The Berkshires are a lovely place to visit and even a comfortable home base for many of us, but for someone who has just arrived in this country, becoming a part of this tight knit community can be a challenge.

Where do you work? What about the language barrier? How do you navigate customs and traditions that might be very different from home?

The Berkshire Immigrant Center has made it their mission to make this transition easier for the area's burgeoning immigrant population.

Susan and Joe speak with three people whose lives in the Berkshires are impacted by the growth in immigration in Berkshire County:

- Brook Meade is the Outreach Coordinator for the Berkshire Immigrant Center

- Colleen Simo is the Human Resources Manager at the Kripalu Center

- Mary Leon-Sweeney an immigrant from Columbia, South America who works as a medical interpreter for Berkshire Medical Center and a Spanish instructor at McCann Technical School in North Adams, MA