Thanks to everyone who joined us on Monday, May 15th for the International Day of Families at the Senate Hart Office Building.

From left to right, Rev. Jason Carson Wilson, Imam Yahya Hendi, Rev. Robin Tanner, Rev. Noel Anderson, and Rabbi Rachel Gartner discuss how faith communities can welcome refugees

The International Day of Families is observed annually on May 15th. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance of the family unit to the international community. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. Additional photos can be found here. 

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The Refugee Alliance Network (RAN) works to meet the needs of refugees within the extended Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as around the country. RAN uses a multi pronged approach that includes case management; direct services; and community outreach, education, and awareness.

Case Management: helping refugees nearing the end of or past their initial benefits entitlement period by providing information, referrals to outside organizations that provide needed services

Direct Services: computer training, resume and job application workshops, driving classes, and empowerment and leadership workshops for members of the refugee communities we serve.

Community Outreach, Education and Awareness: both educating refugees about the communities their receiving communities but also educating those communities on the national origin, history, cultural, and specific needs of the newly arriving and existing refugees within their communities.