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Refugees

“ And then he asked Him ~ who is my neighbor?”--Luke 10:29
World Refugee Day
Friday, June 15, 2018, 5–7 p.m.
San Jose City Hall Rotunda and Plaza, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose

To celebrate the county’s rich cultural diversity, heritage and acceptance, the Refugee and Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County invites you to an interactive World Refugee Day event.  The Forum is comprised of providers that partner together to help our newcomers, including Immanuel House, a transition house for newly arrived refugees.  Our church helped to launch Immanuel House and continues to be involved in welcoming our newcomers. 

Proudly celebrating its 26th anniversary, World Refugee Day is held each year to recognize the plight, resilience and contributions of the millions of refugees all over the world who are forced to flee their homes and courageously resettle in new lands. Similar events will be taking place across multiple countries and continents. In addition, the month of June has also been declared Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States.

This event creates a unique opportunity for people to learn about different countries, traditions, explore new foods, art and culture.  Refugees from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia will gather along with native-born Americans to honor the diversity, strength and beauty of refugee communities that live and work in Santa Clara County. You're invited to celebrate and welcome our newcomers.

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Three Refugee Children - Ben Paul 1999Refugees are people who, because of war, religious intolerance, and cultural oppression are forced to flee their homes, leaving behind all they have known for an uncertain future. There are roughly 13 million refugees in the world today. The majority are women and children. Most refugees move home to their communities when peace and stability return to their country. Resettlement in a third country, such as the United States, is the last option, and is available to only a tiny fraction of the world's refugees.

Roughly 450 refugees are resettled to Santa Clara County each year, the majority coming through Catholic Charities as “free cases”. These are singles and families who have been approved for resettlement to the U.S. but do not have relatives or friends to sponsor them. Catholic Charities provides this service. We as a church help provide hospitality and sense of community to our new neighbors.