During Next America's reporting trip to Nashville, we visited Casa Azafrán, a community center and multi-services agency nestled along Nolensville Pike, the city's international corridor. Since its inception in 2012, the center has provided countless resources to Nashville's foreign-born population, which has nearly doubled in the past decade.

"One thing that we're very proud of is that we feel like we are able to be at the table of important conversations that are going on in the city, whether it's education or affordable housing, economic development," says Casa Azafrán cofounder Jose Gonzalez. "We have a voice, and if we're not invited, we know we can pick up the phone and say 'We need to be at that table.'"

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