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Naturalization ceremony

Claudia Mendez, of Storm Lake, Iowa, gets an American flag from Russell Kimpson, commander of American Legion Post 64 in Sioux City, during a naturalization ceremony at Mary J. Treglia Community House on Sept. 28, 2011.

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SIOUX CITY | Thriving in a community that doesn’t share your language and culture is no easy feat. 

Mary J. Treglia Community House, at 900 Jennings St., was established in 1921 to help satisfy the needs of the area immigrant population.

The group focuses on educating, empowering and advocating for other cultures in the Siouxland community. Their belief is that encouraging cultural diversity strengthens the entire community. 

The group holds pre-school for children whose parents are in the ESL program. The classes are in English and help children develop skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten. The group also has a summer camp, Camp Imagination, to help elementary-aged children retain knowledge and stay active during the summer months.

The group also provides legal immigration and tax preparation services. 

The center is named after Mary Treglia, who was born in Sioux City in 1897 and devoted her life to helping those in need. 

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