First Refugee Community Walk Set for March 7
January’s capricious, inclement weather led the Refugee Roundtable to reschedule the first in an ongoing series of weekly community walks with members of Austin’s refugee community. The first walk will be at 10 a.m., March 7, at the Spanish Palms Apartment playground, 1007 E. Rundberg in Austin.
The Community Walk was conceived as a healthy and engaging response to many issues faced by Austin refugees, such as invisibility within the community, the need to incorporate exercise as part of leading healthy, active lives, and to help refugees gain the necessary confidence and awareness to explore their neighborhoods.
Please join us and spread the word by printing this flier.
Refugee Children Need Help
To adequately serve unaccompanied Central American children crossing the border, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will need almost $2 billion more in funding. That is why the Federal Office of Management and Budget has made an emergency request to Congress to approve extra funding for ORR. You can help make sure emergency funding is granted to ORR by calling your congressmen today. Use this link to read more concerning this issue and find out who to call.
“ORR has reprogrammed $94 million from refugee services to meet the needs of these children. Refugee services are already underfunded as it is, and these cuts are having devastating consequences for refugees and the communities that welcome them.”
The Austin Refugee Roundtable enhances collaboration between agencies, community groups and individuals who serve refugees, with the aim of making Austin a welcoming and supportive resettlement community.
“Refugees are defined as persons who are outside their country and cannot return owing to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.”
– United Nations, 1951