The Rapidian


Story Matters: Lula Mahdi, shy at first, now has big plans for future

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 08-28-2014 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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Teen celebrates birthday, Valentine's Day by volunteering

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Rachel Rounds of Evart, Michigan, is celebrating her 18th birthday. “I just got back from a mission trip to Africa, and I was thinking about different things to do for my birthday, maybe going to see a...

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Literacy and neighborly love at the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center

by (Community Liter...)

Submitted 11-28-2012 under NONPROFITS

From its roots as a mutual assistance association started in 2006 by Somali Bantu and Kenyan refugees and immigrants, to its current leadership under Executive Director Susan Kragt, the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center has thrived...

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Annual Refugee art auction to be held at Bar Divani

by (Karie Schulenburg)

Submitted 11-01-2012 under NEWS

“[Art Without Borders] is a fundraiser and awareness event. We want people to know that there are refugees in their community and to know why [refugees] are here,” says Kate Law, Marketing and Communication Specialist at Bethany...

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Through a Jewish lens

by (DominicanCenter...)

Submitted 01-27-2012 under NONPROFITS

From February 1 - May 2, 2012, Dominican Center at Marywood  is offering a 13-week program that will study the interfaith discussion of soul traits from the wisdom of the Hebrew Scripture and rabbinical writings. This is a 13-week course...

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Getting a Global Perspective Locally


Submitted 08-09-2011 under NONPROFITS

  By Lauren Muscott Every college student has been there. The spring semester is finally over. A seemingly endless expanse of time lies before you, time which you are expected to fill with a summer job or internship. This is the position I...

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The rain did not come: Local Somali refugees talk about the Somali drought crisis


Submitted 07-20-2011 under NONPROFITS

It is impossible to escape the reports: headlines, tickers and network news bring a steady stream of stories of unfathomable numbers of suffering people and images of emaciated bodies. Recent figures show that some 10 million people or more have...

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Recognizing The Refugee Among Us


Submitted 06-22-2011 under NONPROFITS

The sun has set, the evening breeze offering a welcome relief from the merciless heat of the long day. Real solitude has been hard to find these past six months, surrounded in a foreign land by the noise and crowding of thousands of fellow displaced...

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Refugees connect and contribute to the community through Rhododendron Crafts

by (lindsmcholme)

Submitted 03-04-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Jessica Ennis met Bhutanese-Nepali refugees Dik Bir and Dil Maya Powdyel about a year ago through the New Neighbor Program at Bethany Christian Services, where she volunteers as an AmeriCorps Vista member. The first time she visited the Powdyels’...

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Too Far From Home: Refugees in Grand Rapids

by (RedCrossGGR)

Submitted 11-30-2009 under NONPROFITS

Imagine you have been torn apart from everything you know and love. Your home is destroyed and your family is torn apart by armed soldiers. Now, years later, you wonder where your family members are, questioning if they are even alive.   For a...

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