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Gift Cards from the Lodi United Methodist Church
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Gift Cards from the Lodi United Methodist Church

This is a welcome sight! As part of their 2021 Giving Tree Program, members of the Lodi United Methodist Church recently sent us 25 $25 cards gift cards from Walmart, Target, and Woodman’s.  These will all go directly to refugees. As part of our Home Supply program, in addition to a set of cleaning and paper...

January 19, 2022January 19, 2022by
Freeze for Food 2022
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Freeze for Food 2022

On March 5th, 2022, join hundreds of others in an outdoor walk/run to raise money for refugees and food security. Learn more at https://www.rpcvmadison.org/cpages/freeze-for-food. There is a 5k and a 10k race. Both start at the Vilas Park Shelter, 1602 Vilas Park Dr., Madison, WI 53715. You may register now for early bird pricing at...

November 21, 2021November 21, 2021by
Winter Clothing Donation Drive
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Winter Clothing Donation Drive

What Clothing is Needed Toddler and baby winter clothing. (warm onesies) Child and adult winter clothing. (sweatshirts, sweatpants, long sleeve shirts, winter coats) Child and adult winter boots and athletic style shoes. Gloves and winter hats. All donations must be new or like new! Where You Can Donate From November 14th to the 28th at...

November 9, 2021November 25, 2021by
A New and Spacious Apartment
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A New and Spacious Apartment

Today a crack team of Open Doors and JSS volunteers set up our 56th apartment – one of the most beautiful and spacious we’ve ever managed.  This apartment is for one of the new Afghan families: a couple with four children ages 9, 6, 4 and 2. They were moved from Fort McCoy to Madison so...

October 17, 2021October 17, 2021by
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
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