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Refugee Services

Welcome to the Colorado Refugee Services Program 
  

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World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their home under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. 
Please join us for activities throughout the month of June to celebrate and recognize our refugee neighbors and friends who now call Colorado home, and to provide you with opportunity to learn more about the resettlement process, support local agencies that serve refugees, and enjoy the music, dance, food and rich culture of our refugee communities. 
Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Please refer back to this website for current information: http://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/refugee-services.
You’ll find updates to the online schedule (scroll down) and revised versions to download as a PDF file by clicking here.
You will also find an interactive calendar of events at the African Community Center's website.  There are pop-up maps and updated information as well.  Click here.
If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Joe Wismann-Horther at 303-863-8029 or e-mail Joe at joseph.wismann-horther@state.co.us.
Please share this schedule with your friends, colleagues and invite others to join you at these activities.  See you there!
Thanks,
 
CWRC 2014 Planning Committee

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Denver - Aurora

Denver – Aurora
Saturday, May 31, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cook Park
7100 Cherry Creek South Drive
Denver, CO 80224
 
“A Moment to Reflect” Soccer Tournament
Burma Community Rangers
Annual soccer tournament that brings refugees from Burma together for competition, fun and solidarity.  Come watch the matches and enjoy traditional foods.  Volunteer opportunities available. Contact:
drucieb@caoden.org.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Aurora Central High School Auditorium
1700 E 11th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80010
 
Bhutanese Cultural Celebration
Global Bhutanese Community of Colorado
Dancing, singing, cultural show – honoring ESL volunteer teachers, graduating seniors and the first American citizen from the Bhutanese community
www.mygbcc.com
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Friday, June 6, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Spring Institute
1373 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
 
Showcase of Cultures
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
Celebrate with Somali, Burmese and Ethiopian music, food, and fashion.
www.springinstitute.org/WRD
 
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Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00   a.m. Check-In  
10:00 a.m. Walk starts   
12:00 p.m. Lunch  
Park Hill United Methodist Church
5209 E. Montview Blvd
Denver, CO 80207
 
Walk for Refugees
Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services
Join us to Walk for Refugees resettled in our community. Registration fees will be used by Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services (ERIS), for direct client support to help refugees restart their lives here in Denver. For more information about refugees and how ERIS helps them go to
www.ersden.org
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Crawford Elementary School
1600 Florence Street
Aurora, CO 80010
 
"Making Your Way"  
WRD Celebration Planning Committee
Join us for a special evening of experiential learning where you will have the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by our refugee neighbors in making the transition to their new communities. This is a hands-on activity that will put you in the shoes of refugees and challenge your assumptions.
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Monday, June 16, 2014
11am-3pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Café Paprika
13160 E Mississippi Ave
Aurora, CO 80012
 
Restaurants for Refugees
African Community Center (ACC)
ACC is partnering with local restaurants across the city of Denver to raise awareness of our nearly 50,000 strong refugee community as well as receive proceeds from each day’s sales to support the programs and services of the African Community Center of Denver.
http://restaurantsforrefugeesdenver.wordpress.com/
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Jelly Cafe
600 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
 
Restaurants for Refugees
African Community Center (ACC)
ACC is partnering with local restaurants across the city of Denver to raise awareness of our nearly 50,000 strong refugee community as well as receive proceeds from each day’s sales to support the programs and services of the African Community Center of Denver.
http://restaurantsforrefugeesdenver.wordpress.com/
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:00pm
Converge Denver
3327 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216 
 
Photography Show & Refugee Art Sale
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain
Photographer Dave Thatcher, will be displaying his collection of "Forced to Flee", portraits of refugees and asylees resettled by the Refugee & Asylee Programs of Lutheran Family Services in a one night gallery showing!  Special refugee guests, Urim Apocalypse and Brighton Mpoyi will show and sell their fine art.  Meet the artists and join us for light refreshments!
 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Spring Institute
Miller Hall (ground floor)
1373 Grant Street 
Denver, CO 80203
 
Brown Bag Lunch: Cultural Competence in Healthcare When Working With Refugees 
Colorado Welcome Back
Learn about overcoming cultural barriers in providing quality healthcare to refugees in Colorado. Panel of experts include healthcare providers serving refugees, including foreign-trained healthcare professionals now working in Colorado, interpreters and cross-cultural volunteers.
www.springinstitute.org/WRD
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Breakfast on Broadway
2901 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
&
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bombay Clay Oven
165 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80206
 
Restaurants for Refugees
African Community Center (ACC)
ACC is partnering with local restaurants across the city of Denver to raise awareness of our nearly 50,000 strong refugee community as well as receive proceeds from each day’s sales to support the programs and services of the African Community Center of Denver.
http://restaurantsforrefugeesdenver.wordpress.com/
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
5:30 p.m. -.11:00 p.m.
Mercury Café
2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205
 
Restaurants for Refugees
African Community Center (ACC)
ACC is partnering with local restaurants across the city of Denver to raise awareness of our nearly 50,000 strong refugee community as well as receive proceeds from each day’s sales to support the programs and services of the African Community Center of Denver.
http://restaurantsforrefugeesdenver.wordpress.com/
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Friday, June 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
APCD
1537 Alton Street
Aurora, CO 80010
 
Open House
Asian Pacific Development Center
Visit the Asian Pacific Development Center and learn how APDC provides medical and behavioral services to the refugee community.  Meet Doctors, enjoy refreshments and view cultural items for sale. 
www.apdc
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Friday, June 20, 2014
3:00 pm – 5:00pm
Posner Center
1031 33rd St.
Denver, CO. 80205
 
“Celebrating Refugee Entrepreneurs” 
Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS)
In the past three years CEDS has assisted hundreds of refugee entrepreneurs in Denver metro to establish/expand businesses. CEDS will recognize successful refugee entrepreneurs for creating jobs to others, boosting business income and increase business capital. Come celebrate with us. Refreshments will be provided.   
 
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Friday, June 20, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Aurora Cultural Arts District
1400 Dallas St.
Aurora, CO 80010
 
My Last Days in a Refugee Camp
PictureMeHere
Picture.Me.Here instructors traveled to the Beldangi Refugee Camp in Nepal and provided cameras and training to Bhutanese refugees soon resettling to Colorado. This exhibit features the photographs and stories of these participants as they capture and share their last days in the camp before resettlement. Pictures of resettlement in Colorado by local participants will also be included. "Memories exist only in the mind. Photography lets us look at the memories." - Birendra Dhakal (2013 Participant) 
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
4 p.m. –  12:00 a.m. 
Cavaeu Wine Bar
450 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
 
Restaurants for Refugees
African Community Center (ACC)
ACC is partnering with local restaurants across the city of Denver to raise awareness of our nearly 50,000 strong refugee community as well as receive proceeds from each day’s sales to support the programs and services of the African Community Center of Denver.
http://restaurantsforrefugeesdenver.wordpress.com/
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
738A Peoria St.
(Near 6th and Peoria)
Aurora, Colorado 80011
 
Safari Thrift Open House and Donation Drive
African Community Center (ACC)
In celebration of World Refugee Day, ACC’s Safari Thrift will be hosting an Open House and donation drive with a craft sale with We Made This and A Little Something, refreshments, and a raffle.  Bring a donation of furniture, home items, kitchen items, clothing, or cash/credit, and receive a 25% off coupon for Safari Thrift.
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Colorado Springs

Saturday  - June 21, 2014 
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
St. Luke’s Lutheran
5265 North Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
 
World Refugee Day Celebration
Join us for a potluck, family-oriented activities and cultural performances.