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Lane County Oregon, home of Beyond War Northwest has been preparing to host a refugee family for months.

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by BWNWAdmin No Comments

Millions of families worldwide are living as refugees, uprooted by war, persecution or natural disaster. A few of these families are finding a new home in Lane County, thanks to a refugee placement program that is spearheaded by a local community task force and coordinated by Catholic Community Services of Lane County.

Local faith-based groups, service organizations, and concerned community members have joined together to form the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County.  The coalition is working with CCS to welcome and support the refugee families coming to Lane County.  Select one of the links below for ways that you can get involved.

You can be involved in this.  To add your name to the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County email list, simply email and ask to be added to the list.

The following documents provide more information:

Refugee Program Announcement 05-11-2016

Frequently Asked Questions updated 5-11-2016

Refugee Program Participation Overview

Refugee Program Local Process

Pdf version of the online application to become a general refugee program volunteer

Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees May-June 2016

The program in Lane County is currently limited to 35 or fewer refugees (individual family members) per year. Refugee families are coming to Lane County through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Service, the largest refugee resettlement agency in the nation.

On September 7, 2016, the first refugee family arrived.  Click on this link to see and hear this tired and grateful family.

Our own Jim Anderson and his wife, Pat, are involved in these good works.

Imagine the relief of arriving in our beautiful city and the sadness of feeling unsafe in one’s own country. 

Welcome to Lane County, Oregon. May you receive only love and caring from our community.

Submitted by Anne O’Brien

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