The daughter of a Croatian immigrant, Laura Marenco grew up listening to her father’s stories of his family’s struggles while immigrating to the United States. These stories led Laura to a lifelong interest in the immigration process and its life-changing experience of moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar and adjusting to a completely different culture.
The Dekovic family, before going to the United States.
Laura and her father Alex
In 2012, while searching for a summer internship before her third year of graduate school, Laura originated the idea for Golden Beacon USA. During a discussion with Hogar Immigrant Services, an organization based in Manassas, Virginia, staff mentioned that their clients often ask about resources available to them in their newly adopted community. Combining her educational and professional background in the training and development field with her experiences from traveling to 48 states, Laura created and taught a resources workshop for the Hogar community. In her final year of graduate school, she wrote the business plan to turn these resource workshops into accessible and affordable e-learning videos covering the major metropolitan areas of the United States.
Golden Beacon USA is the one-stop resource for immigrants from around the world to learn about the new land that they will call home. With Golden Beacon USA, you have a helping hand in your new land.