Open Doors is Hiring an Executive Director

Madison-based Open Doors for Refugees seeks a dedicated, energetic, inspirational, and experienced leader to become our Executive Director. If you are passionate about enriching our community by welcoming and supporting refugees, this may be the perfect job for you! Position Title: Executive Director Organization: Open Doors for Refugees (ODFR) Location: Madison, WI (primarily remote with […]

Limits on Asylum at the US-Mexico Border

A Restrictive, Dangerous Government Action On June 5th, 2024, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) significantly restricting asylum access at the southern border. The EO aims to deter immigration by limiting the number of immigrants who can enter the country, barring asylum seekers for temporary periods, and increasing screening requirements for other forms of […]

April is National Volunteer Month

Open Doors for Refugees is a volunteer-driven organization. We’d like to take a moment to appreciate the many people who support us and organizations like us. Not sure how you can help? Please email [email protected]. We will be happy to get back to you. See some of our latest needs: https://odfr.org/volunteer/ Every person that steps […]

Walk or Run at Freeze for Food 2024

This March 2nd at 12pm and 1pm, please join us at the Vilas Park Shelter to support refugees and food security! This 5K/10K run and walk is organized by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPVC) of Wisconsin – Madison. The event welcomes not only runners, but also families, strollers, dogs on leashes, and all Wisconsinites […]

Meet Cecilia Gillhouse, Open Doors’ New Executive Director

Open Doors for Refugees is happy to announce that we have hired our first Executive Director. This is a major step in the growth of this volunteer-driven organization. Cecilia is a bilingual immigrant from Argentina. She has worked in the Madison community since 2003. Cecilia has more than 20 years of experience providing services and […]

Connecting at the Immigrant Affairs Luncheon

Last week, Leadership Council representatives Madeline, Margaret, and Sallie attended the Dane County Office of Immigration Affairs luncheon celebrating the awesome work this unique county office has done this past year. Immigrant allies working in government, social services, education, and law gathered to connect and reflect on challenges and accomplishments in immigrant advocacy in Dane […]

YID VICIOUS to Perform at the North Street Cabaret

This Friday Night, YID VICIOUS will be performing at the North Street Cabaret! The show, featuring klezmer music for all ages, will benefit Open Doors for Refugees. Learn more at the North Street Cabaret website: https://www.northstreetcabaret.com/events/2022/10/13/yid-vicious-klezmer-ensemble-benefit-for-united-help-ukraine

Thanks for Open Doors Thanksgiving 2023

What a marvelous Open Doors Thanksgiving 2023! A huge thanks goes to all of our mighty 63 volunteers who welcomed 48 children and 52 adults for a celebratory total of 163! Francine Butoto & Emmanuel opened festivities with two songs in Swahili. (See Francine and her four kids on YouTube) The 10 turkeys were delicious! We ate 8, did a drawing for one, and gave […]

Volunteers Needed: Freeze for Food Coordination

Join a crack team of Returned Peace Corps and ODFR Volunteers to coordinate the Sat., March 2, 2024, Freeze for Food event. This has historically been a successful, community-visible fundraiser for Open Doors for Refugees. This team meets monthly via Zoom to put together the pieces of a walk/run that attracts hundreds of participants and […]

Family Nature Day at Elver Park

ODFR recently partnered with the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to host a family nature day at Elver Park! Though the weather wasn’t what we’d hoped for, we are so appreciative of the families for coming out and the ALNC for their awesome programming! This event included fun activities about animal skins, skulls, and scat, in […]