Latest Updates

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Welcoming Families at our Annual Picnic

Refugee families and Madison community members gathered in Olin Park on a sunny June afternoon for Open Doors for Refugees’ annual picnic. The celebration on June 26 was the first since 2019 — the event was paused for the past two summers due to the pandemic. Dozens of attendees enjoyed a potluck in the Olin […]

Looking Back at World Refugee Day

Open Doors for Refugees and Jewish Social Services observed World Refugee Day on June 20th by holding a panel discussion with several representatives of the Madison refugee community to discuss their hopes, challenges, and needs. The theme this year, set by the United Nations: Everyone has a right to seek safety, no matter who they […]

Community Picnic 2022

You’re invited! Sunday, June 26, 202212 p.m. to 4 p.m.(Potluck starts at 1 p.m.) Olin Park Pavilion1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI Join us for our annual picnic for food, fun, and good company. Help us celebrate the refugee families we support and the amazing Madison community that welcomes them! Food: Potluck – please bring a […]

Title 42 is Still in Effect

Since it was enacted in March 2020, Title 42 has been used to turn away more than 1.7 million migrants at the Mexico-US border. Doctors Without Borders in Mexico report that Title 42 leaves migrants stranded in highly insecure conditions. “It is a xenophobic policy disguised as public health protection that does nothing but put […]

Open Doors Info Meeting

What is Open Doors currently working on? And how can I help? Come meet several ODFR volunteers and other refugee-interested folks at the Pinney Library Community Room to answer these questions and more! June 29, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm This will be the first in-person indoors event hosted by Open Doors since the […]