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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 […]

Freeze for Food on March 2, 2024 & Volunteer Opportunities

Mark your calendar for the 43rd annual Freeze for Food on Saturday, March 2! 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 intrepid enough to enjoy getting out on […]

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 all-volunteer 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 […]

The World & Open Doors in 2023

Open Doors has been through a lot this year, some of which you can learn about below. And as we also look back on the past year’s world events, it is important to remember that these tragedies and their impacts are ongoing; there are efforts we can take to support those effected by these crises. […]

Where Can I Go to Help Refugees in Minnesota?

Many organizations across Minnesota offer their services to newly arrived refugees. We’d like to include some of them here.

This list includes organizations that span the Twin Cities, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and many others.

Where Can I Go to Help Refugees in Wisconsin?

In addition to Open Doors for Refugees, there are numerous organizations across Wisconsin dedicated to supporting refugees as they make a home in their new community. This list is an ongoing effort. Know of another organization outside of Dane County that helps refugees make a home in Wisconsin? Email [email protected] to let us know! By […]

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 […]

United in Our Compassion and Call for Peace

Open Doors for Refugees recognizes that the situation in the Middle East is complex and multifaceted, affecting both the Palestinian and Israeli communities. We recognize the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of all people in the region, including both Palestinian and Israeli citizens. We denounce every kind of terrorism, call for the release […]