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Google donates $50K to restore Immigrant House

Original post made on Mar 11, 2014

As Google looks to improve its image locally, the search giant's latest gift to the city will help with the restoration of Mountain View's tiniest historic home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:59 AM


Posted by Bob Ficus, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins,
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.

Posted by vkmo, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Did this help emigres such as Jan Koum?

JK later started his company called WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook just last month.

Posted by vkmo, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Sorry, in the previous comment I said emigres, but meant immigrants instead.

Posted by Greg, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

Glad to hear that the Immigrant House will be preserved and that Google was willing to give back to the community.

As to vkmo's comment, I believe the Immigrant House was from a much earlier time. But Mr. Koum and his mother received a lot of support from the state in terms of food stamps and disability, and actually signed the document that made him a billionaire on the doors of the old food stamp office:
Web Link

If we want to encourage people to reach their full potential, we could do a lot worse than support immigration and ensure that there is a strong social safety net. And we can honor the past generations of immigrants by preserving this Immigrant House.

Posted by Wenyleela, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Wow what wonderful news this is!!Projects like these are important to celebrate our history and remind us we are working together as we did in the past to make a better world.It will be wonderful to have this lovely slice of the past for the residents and friends of Mountain View to enjoy.This is a project that can help make Mountain View the "village" we have longed for and missed.