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Fall/Winter Donation Needs

Looking to donate warm winter clothing? Open Doors for Refugees and JSS Resettlement maintain a supply of winter outerwear that is provided to newcomers when they first arrive in Madison. These donations are vital, as they help our new neighbors during their first Wisconsin winter. The items that are most needed are listed below. We […]

Freeze for Food 2023

The 42nd Annual Freeze for Food is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Join hundreds of racers in an outdoor walk/run to raise money for refugees and food security in the Madison area. More information about the upcoming 5k and 10k races can be found here: https://www.rpcvmadison.org/cpages/freeze-for-food Registration details will be available by […]

In Support of Ukrainian Refugees

We at Open Doors for Refugees express our horror at the unnecessary and vicious war in Ukraine. We support a peaceful solution to the crisis and stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and with Russians protesting the war. We salute the hospitality and generosity of people in Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Russia, Belarus, […]

Music with Murishi

Murishi was born in Tanzania in 1996. His path as a refugee led him to the Congo, Burundi,and then in 2011, to Uganda. As a child, he could not afford a musical instrument, but he has alovely singing voice and by age 14, he was already writing music. His lyrics are about life, “birth,death, happiness, […]

“Who’s New” Selects Open Doors

Who’s New in Madison (WNIM) has selected Open Doors for Refugees as its 2022-2023 service partner. One of Madison’s oldest and most active social clubs, Who’s New is a women’s group with 600 members who participate in 65 different activity groups, from book clubs to kayaking. Every year the Who’s New board selects a non-profit […]

Sewing with Sifa

Attendees at Congolese weddings, parties, or dowry celebrations are likely to see men and women attired in brightly colored African fabrics. Whether original or traditional in design, chances are good that Sifa has had her hand and machine in the garments’ construction. Sifa is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo; as a child […]

The Afghan Adjustment Act

Following the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, more than 76,000 Afghans have entered the U.S. under a special process called “humanitarian parole.” Under humanitarian parole, Afghan evacuees can remain in the U.S. for just two years. When this parolee status expires, they will lose access to employment, health care, and their legal right […]

On the Crisis in Haiti and Our Border

Open Doors for Refugees stands with Haitian migrants and supports their right to seek asylum in the United States. In accordance with human rights laws and protocol, we expect our government to treat these Haitian asylum seekers with respect and dignity. Instead, thousands have been deported back to Haiti, where resources and humanitarian aid are […]

Meet Aziz

Aziz and his family arrived in Madison from Afghanistan in 2015. In 2021, thanks to his proficiency in English, Dari, and Pashto, he was chosen to work as an interpreter at Fort McCoy’s receiving center for Afghans who were fleeing due to the U.S. military’s sudden departure. Aziz was central to the movement of 12,600 […]

Freeze for Food – A Big Success

After a COVID year of running virtually, over 360 runners, joggers and walkers, accompanied by toddlers, dogs and cheering fans, turned out for a day of unusual weather and a successful fundraising event in Vilas Park, Madison. For the sixth consecutive year, Freeze for Food Walk/Run sponsors and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison […]