Today, along with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), LSS Center for New Americans honors World Refugee Day, a day to become informed of the plight of millions of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons.
Today is a call to remember and a call to act!
So what can you do?
• Join us today from 2-4 pm at our new location downtown at 114 S. Main Ave to learn about our resettlement services and refugee populations served in South Dakota.
• Get involved in the work of welcoming with LSS Center for New Americans through mentoring a recently arrived refugee family or assisting in our ESL classrooms. Click here to get started.
• Host your own World Refugee Day event by screening a topical film at your home and inviting your friends and family. Here are some film suggestions from the UNHCR.
• Facilitate a discussion with your small group, place of worship, friends or family members about issues facing refugees. Contact LSS Center for New Americans for possible guest speakers. Our number is (605) 731-2000.
• Support financially the welcoming work of LSS Center for New Americans and other resettlement agencies.
• Interact and learn from experiencing the UNHCR’s online simulation Against All Odds http://www.playagainstallodds.ca/ (Note: this online simulation may not be suitable for small children.)
• Get creative! People all over the world are hosting events in honor of this day and a quick online search can provide you will many wonderful ideas!