Ascentria Care Alliance
(formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England) together with the Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAQ)
, will celebrate World Refugee Day on Friday, June 15 from 4 - 6 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester MA
Free and open to the public
, the event will feature cultural food, dance, music, art, and other special presentations. Additional participants include the Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAQ)
, Refugee Artisans of Worcester (RAW)
, Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP)
, and African Community Education (ACE)
. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council
, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For additional information please call 774.243.3027.
World Refugee Day marks the Anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated worldwide. This celebration is to honor the strength, courage, and determination of refugees around the world and to recognize the important contributions refugees make to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of the City of Worcester.
The Mayor will proclaim June 15 as World Refugee Day in the City of Worcester.
The proclamation will be presented to Ascentria Care Alliance, on behalf of Worcester's refugees and the network of organizations that assist them. Last year 300 refugees were resettled in Worcester from Iraq, Syria, Bhutan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, and other African and Asian nations. Worcester's resettlement agencies and their partners focus on helping refugees attain self-sufficiency with an array of services, including ESOL classes, job training and placement.