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Open Doors Response to the Afghanistan Refugee Crisis
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Open Doors Response to the Afghanistan Refugee Crisis

View our Afghanistan Crisis Resources page for the latest information and advice. In Short: Thousands of Afghan refugees have arrived in the U.S. already and many thousands more will in the days ahead.  Many of those are and will be at Fort McCoy nearby. Although we anticipate that some of the Afghan refugees will arrive...

August 29, 2021September 12, 2021by
Open Door’s 50th Home
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Open Door’s 50th Home

We’re 50!!! Yesterday Open Doors for Refugees, with the help of several folks from Jewish Social Services, set up our 50th apartment for an arriving family. Well, this one’s a house actually (a very rare occurrence for us), and it’s for a family of eight – two parents and their six children. Perhaps it’s not...

July 18, 2021July 18, 2021by
Furnishing Needed!
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Furnishing Needed!

Please, we need dressers, lamps and more… As one of our flagship programs, Open Doors furnishes apartments for newly arriving refugees.  New families get here to find they have a fully furnished and stocked apartment, with all the furniture, bath, and kitchen supplies they need, plus food in the fridge and flowers on the table. ...

Women’s Walks Start on the Right Foot
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Women’s Walks Start on the Right Foot

In January, seven female Open Doors volunteers were partnered up with seven refugee women and given each other’s contact information. The goal was to try to walk once a week (at a safe distance, masked up, wearing warm enough clothes, not meeting if someone was not feeling well) through March.  While there have been a...

March 24, 2021March 24, 2021by
Will you receive a COVID stimulus check that you don’t really need?
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Will you receive a COVID stimulus check that you don’t really need?

While many have been terribly affected by COVID and the economic fallout from it, many others of us have not been hurt financially yet we may still receive a Federal stimulus check.  If you will get a stimulus check that you don’t really need, please consider supporting the very hard-hit refugee community by giving part...

March 12, 2021March 12, 2021by
Restoring the Refugee Resettlement Program
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Restoring the Refugee Resettlement Program

The Washington Post just put out an excellent article on what it will take to rebuild the refugee resettlement program.Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/biden-refugee-executive-order/2021/02/04/52a31840-6726-11eb-8468-21bc48f07fe5_story.html While Biden can and promises to quickly change the “Presidential Cap” (the number of refugees the U.S. will accept in a year), it will take months to fully rebuild the program at...

February 5, 2021February 6, 2021by
Video: Anticipated 2021 Immigration Policy Changes
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Video: Anticipated 2021 Immigration Policy Changes

Watch JSS Executive Director, Dawn Berney’s and Open Doors for Refugee General Manager, Ken Baun’s responses to President Biden’s plans for immigration reform, beginning with the executive action: Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States. This rescinds the Muslim and African bans on flights to the US, effective immediately. The President...

February 1, 2021February 6, 2021by
January – Women’s Winter Walks
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January – Women’s Winter Walks

by Becky Wennlund, Event Team Leader This event has passed. Open Doors for Refugees seeks female volunteers to walk once a week with an amazing newcomer woman (and possibly her kids) for three consecutive months: January, February, and March 2021.Walks start the week of January 4th! There are many benefits: Make new friends; your walking partner...

December 12, 2020March 23, 2021by
Apartment Set Up for New Family
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Apartment Set Up for New Family

Last week, for the first time in six months and with the help of volunteers from Jewish Social Services, we set up an apartment (our 41st) for a family of new arrivals. The family is from Afghanistan and consists of two parents with four sons. While there are plenty of two-bedroom apartments in Madison, it’s really...

September 27, 2020October 3, 2020by
New Website!
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New Website!

We’re proud to announce a new web design for opendoorsforrefugees.org. This has been a long-time coming. Not only has the design of the site changed, but so has the content – take a look! Meet Ahmad and Hanan. Learn about Aziz and Safia. Learn more about the teams that make up Open Doors. See what...

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