Thursday, November 23, 2017

Refugee Families Celebrate First Thanksgiving At St Thomas Of Canterbury

On Saturday, November 18, 120 refugees from ten different countries enjoyed their first Thanksgiving meal at Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement headquarters located in Uptown. The refugees are a part of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program and receive services ranging from securing housing and employment to learning English and placing their children in school.

In a statement, program director Elma Kulovich said, “This lunch is us giving thanks to them because we understand their courage in coming to a new country and starting a new life. We are blessed to have the opportunity to give back.”

“It shows what a wonderful melting pot this country is,” said Robert Murphy, who has served as a tutor for refugee students through Catholic Charities for nearly 20 years.

Refugees in the program come from all over the world — Burma, Iraq, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran and Afghanistan — and many don't speak the same language. On Saturday, they all came together to share a meal, celebrate community, and give thanks.

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