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March 4, 2023: Channel 15 WMTV’s coverage of the 2023 ‘Freeze for Food’ fundraiser race: Madisonians raise money for refugees, immigrants facing food insecurity

March 1, 2023: Channel 3000’s video coverage of the 2023 ‘Freeze for Food’ fundraiser race: In the 608: ‘Freeze for Food’ to help local refugees

February 2, 2023: The Daily Cardinal announces the 2023 ‘Freeze for Food’ fundraiser race: Freeze for Food race returns, raises funds for Madison area refugees


December 11, 2022: Channel 27 WKOW’s coverage of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church chili cook-off fundraiser for Open Doors for Refugees: ‘That’s a weird thing to find is that it’s all very simple’: Saint Luke’s raises money for Open Doors for Refugees

July 20, 2022: Channel 3000’s coverage of World Refugee Day: ‘I’ve made Madison my home’: Refugees share achievements, challenges on World Refugee Day

June 27, 2022: Video of Channel 3000’s coverage of the Open Doors annual picnic

June 26, 2022: Channel 15 WMTV’s coverage of the Open Doors annual picnic: Community members greet refugee families at Olin Park picnic celebration

June 26, 2022: Channel 27 WKOW’s coverage of the Open Doors annual picnic: ‘It’s a beautiful event’: Local organization welcomes refugees to Madison at picnic

March 5, 2022: Hundreds of runners raise funds for ODFR: Freeze for Food 5K benefits Open Doors for Refugees

January 4, 2022: Torn Apart: Efforts by the Catholic Multicultural Center to help refugees in Madison: Local efforts to help Afghan refugees are marked by both tears and triumph


September 8, 2021: Interviews with Refugees in Madison regarding the situation in Afghanistan: ‘Everyone is very concerned’; Settled refugees talk Afghanistan, life in Wisconsin

August 19, 2021: Expecting refugees from the recent Afghanistan crisis: Explainer: How Madison may receive Afghan refugee families

June 7, 2021: A video showing JSS and ODFR hosting a picnic for former refugees: Local groups celebrate World Refugee Day

March 7, 2021: Freeze for Food’s adaptability during Covid: ‘Freeze for Food’ Goes on With Individual Runs

January 23, 2021: Interviews about the recent executive order: Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States


September 26, 2019: A blog post from Tracey Gemmell about the New Citizenship Ceremony

September 23, 2019: Daily Cardinal article about New American Citizens at a Ceremony

June 17, 2019: CapTimes article about the Madison Refugee Union

March 7, 2019: Wiscontext article of a Tibetan Refugee Family Settling in Madison

March 2, 2019: NBC 15 article and video of Freeze for Food 5K


June 25, 2018: Channel 3000 video coverage of the Third Annual Welcoming Picnic

June 25, 2018: The Cap Times coverage of the Third Annual Welcoming Picnic

May 10, 2018: The Cap Times cover of Volunteers Transforming an Apartment into a Home

February 8, 2018: The Cap Times coverage of Resettlement Agencies working with Madison Landlords


September 19, 2017: WQOW Channel 27 News coverage of the Welcoming Week Naturalization Ceremony

September 19, 2017: Madison State Journal Photographs of the Welcoming Week Naturalization Ceremony

May 21, 2017: Channel 15 coverage of the Community Celebration Picnic. Hundreds gathered in the Olin Park Pavilion to share friendship, incredible food, live performances and lively conversations. 

April 26, 2017: Film Screening Shines Light on Refugee Issues

April 26, 2017: WORT interview about ODFR and Refugee Resettlement in Madison

March 4, 2017: Channel 27 coverage of Freeze for Food raising money for refugees

February 10th, 2017: The Cap Times – Paul Fanlund: Combating Despair in Trump’s America
(Article Discussing Open Doors for Refugees as a way people are creating change)

February 4th, 2017: The Cap Times – Ronnie Hess: Strong support here for refugees counters Donald Trump stance (Editorial by Ronnie Hess, a member of Open Doors)

January 31st, 2017: The Cap Times – Despite Trump Immigration Ban, Madison Refugee Organizations Vow to Carry on Work (Statements from Organization and Erica Bouska)

January 25th, 2017: WKOW – Trump’s Refugee Plan to Impact Madison (Interview with Ken Baun and Efrat Livny)

January 5th, 2017: Wisconsin State Journal – Transplant Coordinator Sees Positive Changes in Career and Philanthropic Work (Interview with Erica Bouska)


December 5th, 2016: Brava Magazine – On a Whim (Interview with Efrat Livny)

November 16th, 2016: Capital Times – Immigrant Ingenuity: Five Madison Immigrants Preserve in Building Businesses (Highlight of Efrat Livny’s business)

August 7th, 2016: Wisconsin State Journal – Around Town: Opening the door for refugees in Madison (Community Picnic)

August 5th, 2016: WORT FM – Open Doors for Refugees Supports Resettlement Efforts in Madison (Radio Interview with Ken Baun)

July 28th, 2016: Isthmus – Opening the Door (Lecture by Dr. Tarif Bakdash)