refugees

Local refugee center hosts summer literacy program, looks for volunteers

by (WMRECC)

Submitted 06-21-2016 under NEWS

What is a refugee exactly? How can I help refugees in my community? What are practical ways I can get involved? I want to contribute to this growing need in my community, but it seems so overwhelming and I don’t know where to start! What can I...

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Catalyst Radio: local connections to Syrian Conflict

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 05-20-2016 under NEWS

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   As Syrian-born Americans, Dr. Sam Attal and Dr. Mohammad Saleh have both played an important part in helping Syrians during this 5+ year uprising and...

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Interfaith, civic organizations unite to sponsor conversation on welcoming refugees

by (Kaufman Interfaith)

Submitted 03-01-2016 under NONPROFITS

In November 2015, following the Paris terrorist attacks, Michigan was the first state whose governor proposed to “pause” allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. This concern around security was a response to the recent ISIS...

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Local education center works to ease burdens of refugee children

by (WMRECC)

Submitted 03-01-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Being a kid is tough. Although some may look back at their adolescence with only fond memories, most people I know don’t. For most of us, growing up was- and is- hard. There are so many voices telling you what to do and who to be, you can...

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World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Announces 2016 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series

by (World Affairs C...)

Submitted 01-29-2016 under NONPROFITS

  Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 18, 2016 – Global migration, climate change, cybersecurity, genocide prevention and normalizing relations with Cuba are a few of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western...

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Migration to Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities with Bing Goei, Michigan Office for New Americans

by (World Affairs C...)

Submitted 01-29-2016 under

Mr. Goei, the former owner of Eastern Floral who now leads Michigan’s Office for New Americans, discusses how Michigan receives the third largest share of refugees coming to the U.S. and the State of Michigan’s efforts to integrate...

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Area refugees work to overcome cultural barriers, challenges

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-01-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The West Michigan Education and Cultural Center (WMRECC) in Kentwood (2130 Enterprise Street) serves hundreds of refugees a year in the greater Grand Rapids area. Michigan is often among the top 10 states in the United States to accept...

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Local nonprofits, communities work to welcome Syrian refugees

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 10-12-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids is welcoming new families of Syrian refugees this year after war that has driven millions from their homes, seeking refuge around the world. Sam Attal, a pathologist living in Ada, Mich., has been helping these refugees adjust to life...

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Story Matters: Sarafina Kisile, Dorcas Shavani, Salia Georgete describe their friendship

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 09-05-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Elevating Voices project is collaborating with 12 local nonprofits through the summer and fall...

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Story Matters: ZamZam Isack, Khadimala Isack discuss life in Africa, USA

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 09-05-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Elevating Voices project is collaborating with 12 local nonprofits through the summer and fall...

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