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World Refugee Day – Week of Welcome
Sunday, June 20 @ 12:00 am - Saturday, June 26 @ 12:00 am
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, in partnership with Thrivent, present
World Refugee Day – Week of Welcome!
World Refugee Day was designated by the United Nations to celebrate the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. Observed on June 20th each year World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for the plight of refugees, asylees, and immigrants, and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.
This year, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska will host the virtual event “World Refugee Day – Week of Welcome” starting June 20th and concluding June 26th, honoring refugees who have made Nebraska their home. Each day of the week, LFS will highlight various aspects of the refugee footprint in various cities, organizations, and communities. Read about the amazing impact refugees have had on our state on our blog!
We are especially excited about our week-long Welcome Sign campaign brought to us by our friends at Thrivent!
From Sunday, June 20th through Saturday, June 26th, simply write “Welcome Refugees” on a piece of paper, poster, etc., and take a picture of the sign showing your support for the Nebraska refugee community. The picture can be a selfie holding the sign, the sign in your window, next to your pet… anywhere! Post your picture to Facebook with the hashtag #welcomerefugeesNE or to THIS page and Thrivent will donate $5 back to LFS for refugee resettlement! You can take up to 5 pictures with your sign and Thrivent will donate $5 back for every picture. That’s $25 per person!! Let us work together to show our support and welcome for the refugee community of Nebraska!
Tune in every day for new stories, information, and resources as we celebrate World Refugee Day – Week of Welcome! Please share the event information with your friends, family, congregations, and whoever else might be interested in participating! The week is going to be full of interesting articles, places to shop and eat, movies to watch, and books to read. Make sure you follow us on Facebook HERE to get all the information each day of the week. Remember, the event starts on June 20th and we need your help to make Nebraska the most welcoming state we can be!
We have also collected some additional resources you can refer to learn more from documentaries, podcasts, and books. You can access those resources on our World Refugee Day – Week of Welcome page. We will be adding a list of refugee-founded, owned, and operated businesses in Nebraska.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska sincerely thanks Thrivent for their generosity in hosting this event and campaign. Thrivent has been helping people build meaningful financial futures and live more generous lives for more than 100 years. The Thrivent Member Network is a community of Thrivent clients who are committed to helping each other make local impacts and reach financial goals. From generous programs like Thrivent Action Teams to financial workshops, social events, and more, the Thrivent Member Network helps you make the most of all you’ve been given. Visit the Nebraska Region’s website and Facebook page to learn more.