Refugees

Aurora Welcome Center Merges

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 in #auroraasian, Immigration, Refugees | 0 comments

The Aurora Welcome Center merges with Village Exchange Center, expanding services to immigrants and refugees. Many of the Aurora Welcome Center’s programs and services will continue to be available through the Village Exchange Center, which recently opened at the former St. Matthew Lutheran Church building at 1609 Havana St. The building has 15,000 square feet of space available for faith groups, community gatherings and office space. “We are excited to see a future that not only preserves the important services that the Aurora Welcome Center has created for our local immigrants and refugees, but also promises a way to improve and expand upon those services,” said Ricardo Gambetta, head of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs. “The Village Exchange Center offers so much space and so much expertise in dealing with the international community, and we believe this merger will do much to benefit the 20 percent of Aurora residents who were born outside the United States.” Read the full Press Release here…          ...

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FUN Partnership Annual Meeting

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in #auroraasian, Community Service, Food, Leaders, Photography, Refugees, Steering Committee, Youth | 0 comments

How can you resist these smiling faces? You won’t want to miss the Annual Meeting of the Partnership!  It’s always a fun time with Friends, with good food and an excellent program, as an added bonus!   The details follow, but first realize that you will enjoy a six-course meal at the NEW Kim Ba Vietnamese Cuisine, located at the NEW Pacific Ocean Marketplace in Aurora.  Picture Me Here will give the keynote.  You will also hear some delightful stories and see the images of Bhutanese youth who documented their journey from a refugee camp in Nepal to resettlement in Colorado.  Finally, the Co-Chairs will conduct just a little business by introducing the 2015-16 Steering Committee and giving highlights of our past year. So, plan to join us! Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — 5:30 – 8:00 PM Kim Ba Vietnamese Cuisine 12303 E Mississippi Ave., Aurora, CO 80012 (northeast corner at Peoria St., next to Aurora’s new Pacific Ocean Marketplace) $25/person, payable by cash or credit card at the door to ‘Kim Ba”. R.S.V.P. by April 17th: (303) 326-8695 or admin@auroraasian.org  ...

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Warm Winter Coats for the Refugees

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Refugees | 0 comments

  A friend of Partnership member Alexa Davis had collected some winter coats through Developmental Pathways. They were perfect for some refugee students and their parents who did not have a coat. Some are pictured here in the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts studio. Once they received their new coats, they refused to take them off!   Some additional warm winter articles collected by Partnership members were delivered to the Asian Pacific Development Center for distribution to the refugees. Thank you everyone! You helped make this cold winter a little warmer for several of our...

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Friends Harry B. Esq. and Dr. Yrastorza Honored

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Humanitarian Efforts, Leaders, Refugees | 0 comments

Asian Avenue magazine features honorees Attorney Harry Budisidharta and Dr. Jaime Yrastorza in the November issue.  Links to their profiles follow.  Congratulations! Harry B. received APABA’s 2012 Governor Ralph Carr Service Award  (among other awards).  He was born in Indonesia, is a Partner with The Denver Firm, and is President of the Mile High JACL.  “…I am passionate about helping out the refugee population, he says.”  Attorney Harry Budisidharta’s profile… Dr. Yrastorza received Uplift Internationale’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is Founder and President-Emeritus of Uplift Internationale, now celebrating 25 years of mending cleft lips/palates of children in the Philippines at no cost.  He attended the most recent meeting of the Partnership, describing the upcoming missions trip.  Dr. Jamie Yrastorza’s...

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