A Celebration of New Americans in America

A Virtual Panel Discussion on Thurs., June 18 at 2 p.m.

Samaritas, one of Michigan’s largest faith-based health and human services nonprofit organizations, is hosting a World Refugee Day Town Hall to raise awareness on the current conditions and problems refugees experience.

To provide greater clarity around this issue, especially in light of the impact COVID-19 is having on services and budgets across Michigan, Samaritas is leading this virtual town hall with key members of the refugee community, on June 18 at 2 p.m. EST, available via Zoom and on Facebook Live. Register at samaritas.co/RefugeeTownHallRegistration.

Experts and passionate leaders from national and local organizations comprise this panel of refugee advocates. Shelley Irwin, WGVU anchor and award-winning journalis t will moderate the hour-long panel discussion. They include:

Basel Mousslly
Manager for Migrant Services, 
A longtime supporter of refugee needs who can offer a national perspective.

Ben Cabanaw
State Refugee Coordinator (Office of Global Michigan)

An informative advocate who can discuss refugee resettlement from the state perspective.

The Reverend Cannon Dr. William Danaher Jr .
Christ Church Cranbrook
A compassionate leader who can talk about how church communities can welcome the “stranger” and support refugees for a better integration experience.

Vesna Cizmic
Samaritas New Americans Program Director
A leader who can discuss Samaritas programs that include job training and school impact plans and her powerful refugee story.

Elvira Kovachevich
Project Coordinator, 
Gateways for Growth
A Samaritas partner who can speak about the positive impact refugees and immigrants bring to the economy and how cities can better welcome these populations for better integration.

Lupia Rolly Bungala
Samaritas Refugee Client

A recent refugee who brings his story of resilience to put it all into perspective.

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Please Contact:
Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.
(516) 637-0597

Matt Friedman
Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
(248) 762-1430