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World Refugee Sunday

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 Join us on World Refugee Sunday when we honor the courage and resilience of refugees, recognizing the hardships they have faced, the new lives they have created, and the positive impact they have on our global community. Refugees and immigrants are our neighbors, friends, and essential workers but during this time of COVID-19, they are also the most vulnerable. We’ll learn from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) about the pandemic’s impact on this community, how the IRC staff supports them, and what we can do to better understand and help. In addition, one of the families seeking asylum, who Calvary’s Living Sanctuary team has been supporting, will share how they are managing during the pandemic. This will be an educational and meaningful event you will not want to miss. The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in the U.S. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help people translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Oakland and other offices across the country, the IRC helps families rebuild their lives. Find more info here: rescue.org

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