World Refugee Day is June 20, but the events surrounding this day are going on from June 10th through the 23! The events have been organized by many refugee organizations around Denver. Organizations such as the African Community Center, the Colorado African Organization, and Colorado Refugee Services Program. Refugees come to Denver to rebuild their lives and find a new home. One of the many organizations involved in making World Refugee Day a success is the African Community Center (ACC). They offer resettlement services to families and individuals from all over the world, from Burma to Ethiopia, and many places in between. This wonderful organization helps with healthcare, housing, school enrollment, and community building through programs such as First Friends.
Restaurants for Refugees is a part of ACC’s World Refugee Day Events. This ongoing event will be hosted at different restaurants from June 11 through June 20. This offers everyone the opportunity to dine at some of Denver’s best restaurants, bars, and wine bars all while supporting refugee programs. Some of the restaurants hosting are Jelly, Le Central, and Breakfast on Broadway.
Safari Thrift is the African Community Center’s own community driven thrift store. On June 23 they will be offering store wide sales. Safari Thrift is a way for refugees to gain valuable work experience and income during their first years of resettlement. This is yet another way to help donate to the cause of refugees while finding some fun items for yourself and your friends.
The Denver Public Library is having an art exhibit called “Stories of Integration!” that will feature work by the local community that has resettled in Denver. Not to be missed is the “Voices of Refugees” event hosted by ACC. This event is on June 15th at Aurora Central High School. At this event there will be guest speakers, dances, and many stories shared.
There are so many wonderful ways to get out and learn more about the refugee community in Denver. It is a strong and growing group of people who now call Denver home. To find a a full list events visit ACC’s calendar.
WHEN: June 10 – 23, 2013
Various locations around Denver.