World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. An effort by the United Nations to raise awareness about the plight of those displaced by conflict around the world. All day today you can tune in and watch live video from the day’s activities here.

It also gives me an opportunity to do something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time now.

Saint’s Place is a local organization that assists refugees from war-torn countries seeking asylum in the United States. Approximately 500 refugees arrive in Rochester each year from around the world. Often with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Saint’s Place helps provide these newly arrived refugees with housing and support services, as well as furniture, appliances and clothing. They also operate a tutoring center which helps provide ongoing support for school-age refugee children and their parents.

Through my job I’ve had several opportunities to work closely with the women who operate Saint’s Place. I can tell you that these folks give everything they have to this mission, and truly consider it a service to Jesus Christ. They have been a shining example to me of God’s compassion, mercy and love to “the least of these” among us. I’m proud to support of Saint’s Place and their mission.

There are a number of ways you can help support the mission of Saint’s Place. Whether you live locally, or far away. For more information on their needs and to find out how you can help, visit them online at

(ht: Tim Brown)


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