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Worcester Celebrates “World Refugee Day” June 21

Worcester, MA -- Ascentria Care Alliance, together with the Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) will celebrate World Refugee Day on Friday, June 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 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 (SEAC), Refugee Artisans of Worcester (RAW), Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP), and African Community Education (ACE). This program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants. Read more

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The Expanded Cultural Orientation Program is a new initiative through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and AmeriCorps. The program is designed to provide assistance to newly arrived refugees who are in the first 90 days of their resettlement and is being offered at Ascentria’s Services for New Americans office in Westfield, MA. The program teaches refugees about US culture, the English language, laws, healthcare, safety, banking, employment, housing and other important aspects of life in the USA. Read more

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