Creating Spaces

I love walking people through our new building for the first time. I love getting to share the unique stories, the incredible opportunities, the ways our staff, volunteers, and interns are meeting needs on a daily basis. I love getting to show the ways our new building has built our capacity. Now we can respond

A City of Refuge Poem-a-thon Up!

You’ve heard of a walkathon or a bike-a-thon… but have you ever heard of a poem-a-thon? City of Refuge is excited to launch this new opportunity for the benefit of our refugee friends.  Registration is now OPEN.  Commit to writing something down every day for 30 days. Join City of Refuge as we learn the

A City of Refuge Poem-a-thon

How do you express yourself? Do you chat it up with friends and family or the nearest stranger in the parking lot? Do you make daily journal entries, paint or draw pictures? What happens when you’re unable to express yourself? You went on a trip and forgot your journal. No one is returning your texts

I’m the Granddaughter of Refugees

I had never ascribed the word “refugee” to my grandparents until I started working at City of Refuge, but their family fled Yugoslavia during WWII. Their home had been commandeered by the authorities, and they lived as displaced people in refugee camps for years after the war ended. Honestly, I wish I had paid better

Giving Tuesday

You probably already marked your calendar but in case you didn’t, just a reminder: tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!  We have two big goals for tomorrow: 1. To raise $25,000 to support our programs and begin new ones in 2023 (like our artisan maker space and preschool). Support City of Refuge with a donation here (beginning tomorrow) or support us in another

From Garage Sale to Boutique

Garage Sale to Boutique I run into people all the time who tell me, “I used to sort donations for City of Refuge in Jen Wheeler’s garage!” I love when I hear this. It’s a reminder of the rich and remarkable history of City of Refuge. It’s a reminder that so many of you have

Giving Tuesday Save the Date

So much has happened since our last campaign in 2021! We have been working hard using your donations to meet essential refugee needs in our community.  With your help, we can improve many more families’ lives in critical ways, particularly with English tutoring, youth mentoring, driving assistance, a preschool, and sharing a beautiful array of

Offering Refuge

“If you were in our country, everything would be different for you.” A gentleman in our office pointed this out to us, asking us to consider what it might be like if we were in their shoes.  Even beyond language, everything is different. We, in another country, would be forced to measure things in centimeters, weigh things in grams, understand that freezing