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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Refugee Resettlement

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WorldMontana promotes global understanding through citizen diplomacy. We care about world affairs and consider ways to help solve critical problems. The global refugee crisis—in particular, the status of over 4 million Syrians displaced by an internationalized civil war—is an issue that compels action compatible with our mission. WorldMontana will play a modest but catalytic role in helping to establish a sustainable refugee resettlement program by convening meetings, hosting guest speakers, and sharing information with interested entities. We will work with other organizations in the capital city and across the state to welcome refugees to Montana.

Click here for our meeting agenda to be held on January 21.

Click here to read the full article from the Helena IR about refugee resettlement in Montana.

2 comments to “Refugee Resettlement”

  1. March 15, 2016 at 11:32 am, Rita Giebink said:

    Our family would be willing to host a refugee family, help them acclimate, find work and connect with support services in the area. We have hosted almost 50 people in our home in the past ten years from all over the world. (Athletes and students) I am also a Mental Health Worker and a. Community mentor for juvenile felony offenders.
    We have an infinite amount of resources that would be beneficial to a family coming to America.
    I would like to know how we can do this?

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    • March 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm, Stephanie Christensen said:

      Thank you for you willingness to contribute as we try to make it so that Syrian refugees can resettle in Montana. We only recently began the long process toward making this happen, and because all of the barriers and logistical issues it’s going to take a while. We’re estimating at least two years before we can expect to see any refugees actually being received in Montana for resettlement, but that’s what we would like to see happen. The next step we have initiated is asking a delegation from Idaho, who have experience in the matter, to come to Helena and give us advise about how best to facilitate a program for Montana. We’re always looking for help and volunteers though if you would like to keep in touch with us. We frequently have visiting delegations who come from all around the world and we look for volunteers to host them for dinner and other activities. This summer we are also looking for people to volunteer as host families to visiting high school students from Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and Mexico. Each group stays for approximately two weeks and this is a great opportunity. If you would like any further, or more detailed information, feel free to contact Ellen Bush at ellen@worldmontana.org. Your personal experience sounds like it would be extremely beneficial in the future for refugee families arriving in Montana.

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