Growing Superheroes – Benefit Dinner 2018

On October 17th, we gathered together for an evening to celebrate the strengths of young refugees in our community. From the conversations around the dinner table, to the stories of our students and the smiles on their faces as they participated in their superhero performance, it was an evening to remember.

We felt so much support from all of you.  THANK YOU!

We listened to Krishna’s experience of the refugee journey and we were reminded how our diverse backgrounds play an important part in raising up a new  generation of young people.


Students shared with us the many ways they would use their superpowers to create a better world through their superhero personas and we discovered that these powers are strengths they have already as young people. Through the student’s example, we can re-imagine a world where our children’s strengths are used to their fullest potential.


Our young refugees have a wealth of resources and unique backgrounds that shape the way they view and impact the world. By supporting refugee children in education, we empower them to become leaders in our businesses, communities, and in our world.

From early childhood education to high school graduation, you are helping to ensure that our youngest refugees get the support they need. 

Thank you  for strengthening our efforts as we work together to reach more refugee children in our community.


Ps. If you couldn’t attend, but would still like to donate, please visit the link here. 

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Third Annual Benefit Dinner – Join us October 17th!

We would be thrilled to have you join us at our Third Annual Benefit Dinner! This year’s theme, “Growing Superheroes” introduces us to a new way of thinking about our youth. In their own words, our refugee students have described what skills and abilities they bring to our city, and to our world as a whole. It will be an evening that will not disappoint! We hope to see you there. Tickets can be purchased at: www.plantingdeeperroots2018.eventbrite.com 

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Do Good Well: How advocates can support the local refugee community

Get Informed. Focus Efforts. Increase Impact.

West Michigan has a strong history of welcoming refugees. There are around 25,000 refugees in our area who deserve our support. Come learn about how global and national refugee policy impacts your neighbors, and what you can do locally to make West Michigan a welcoming environment for all.

Together we will learn about the global refugee crisis, address questions about the U.S. refugee resettlement program including the selection and vetting process, and explore strategies for how to support our refugee friends and neighbors.

The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $10 which will be used to help support refugee children and families in our community.

The event will be held on Monday, February 20th from 6-8 PM at the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids Cathedral Square (Map).

Register here.

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Save the Date: WMRECC is Turning 10!

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Join us as we celebrate 10 years of welcoming refugee children and families in West Michigan!

Where: Aquinas College

When: Thursday, September 22nd (time TBD)

For more information about this and other upcoming events call (616) 247-9611 or e-mail info@westmirefugee.org.

See you there!

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