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Opening Event for new Refugee Support Program

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New Refugee Support Program celebrates Opening and World Refugee Day with music from Badenya at Wealthy Theatre
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Volunteer Training

The first volunteer training for the Refugee Support Program will be on Thursday June 23rd at 7pm.  Training will take place at South Wyoming United Methodist Church at 2730 56th St. SW, Wyoming.

South Wyoming United Methodist Church has founded a new organization to assist Grand Rapids area refugees with a variety of issues.  We are starting a transportation program to assist refugees in attending local programs specific to refugee needs and a cultural broker program to connect refugees to volunteers who can help them adjust to life in the United States.  This summer we are exploring what other areas to grow into that will best meet the needs of refugees in Grand Rapids in collaboration with other area agencies.


The Opening Event combines two celebrations.  It is celebrating both the start of the new program and World Refugee Day 2011.  We will be providing music from an African style drum band, Badenya Drumming Ensemble and discussing the new program.  This event will take place on Monday June 20th at 6:30 in Wealthy Theatre.  After the event a film screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville” and discussion will be hosted by Bethany Christian Services.


More information can be found on our website at or by calling Jessica at (616) 206-4477.

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