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Catholic Charities and City of Refuge host World Refugee Day Celebration

June 24, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT


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MU Health Pavilion
1739 West Ash Street
Columbia, MO 65203 United States
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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 19, 2023
CONTACT: Ashley Wiskirchen, Catholic Charities Director of Communications, awiskirchen@cccnmo.org

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, City of Refuge celebrate
Columbia’s refugees together at World Refugee Day

Columbia is invited to share the diversity of cultures refugees represent

Columbia, Missouri, June 15, 2023 – Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri will partner with City of Refuge to host a celebration of World Refugee Day at the MU Health Care Pavilion, located at 1769 West Ash Street in Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday, June 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

World Refugee Day is an international event designated by the United Nations to honor refugees annually on June 20, and Catholic Charities and City of Refuge are hosting Columbia’s city-wide celebration on Saturday, June 24th to involve as many community members as possible. Attendance to the World Refugee Day celebration is free (food from food trucks can be purchased on-site) and open to the public. The event will also include free samples of catered food, bounce houses, face painting and henna booths (among other family-friendly activities), performances of cultural music and dance, community partner resources booths, and more. Volunteers are still needed for the event and can sign up here: https://cerv.is/0268×344

“We are thrilled to celebrate with our refugee friends,” shared Debbie Beal, Executive Director for City of Refuge, “Columbia is blessed by the incredible courage and resilience of our neighbors who have been forced to flee oppression around the world. It’s our great honor to walk with them and recognize their contributions to our community as they navigate a new way of life.”

“This celebration is a significant event for our community because it raises awareness of refugees, shifting the narrative and breaking down barriers to become a visual representation of a community interwoven,” said Lacy Stroessner, Director of Refugee Services for Catholic Charities, “It’s a sobering fact that there are over 108 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide — a number we can’t even really understand — but we can celebrate the newcomers who have resettled and made a new home in mid-Missouri, honoring their courage, listening to their stories, and welcoming them with open arms.”

About Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, an entity of the Diocese of Jefferson City, responds to the needs of people in 38 counties regardless of faith, culture, or situation. This includes services in mental health, food security, health and nutrition education, disaster preparation and response, family reunification through immigration legal services, and refugee resettlement. For more information, visit cccnmo.diojeffcity.org.

About City of Refuge: City of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help refugees and immigrants recover and regain control of their lives. We provide basic need programs and professional development opportunities for those in our community. Our goal is to equip those arriving in our community with the materials they need, as well as deeper friendships they can count on as they navigate a new life in the United States.


June 24, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Catholic Charities Refugee Services