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Welcoming Refugees Panel a Success!

Last night, the Kent District Library and World Affairs Council of West Michigan hosted a panel discussion on welcoming refugees in West Michigan. The panel is part of a three-part series on migration. If you missed the event you can check out the recorded live stream below. And join us for the next two events on Monday the 25th and Monday May 2nd from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Kent District Library in Kentwood.


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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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WMRECC Says “Goodbye” to Co-Founder and Chair

Almost ten years ago, Frederick Bw’Ombongi began dreaming with his friends and former coIMG_1029-workers about a center for refugees to receive education support and to celebrate and retain their culture. The dream quickly became a reality and the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center was born.

Years later, we owe so much of our success to this man who not only had the audacity to dream, but a willingness to make this dream a reality—ensuring that refugee students and their families can receive the educational support and youth development services needed to succeed in school and in life in West Michigan. As Fred steps down from the board of directors, we are filled with gratitude for his years of service and the contagious passion that has drawn so many of us to this work.

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