World Refugee Day celebration set for June 11 in Anchorage

Catholic Social Services hosts its annual World Refugee Day celebration on Saturday, June 11, 4-6 p.m., at Clark Middle School in Anchorage.

World Refugee Day is an annual international celebration established by the United Nations to honor, recognize and celebrate the positive contributions of refugees worldwide.

“After facing unimaginable challenges as they were forced to flee their homes, living precariously for years in refugee camps or cities, our clients have been given the opportunity to rebuild their lives,” Catholic Social Services related in a statement about the upcoming celebration. “They now have access to rights and freedoms they have long been denied: stable housing, education for their children, and opportunities to work and become economically self-sufficient.”

“Our clients frequently express how grateful they are to be here in the United States and especially in Anchorage,” the statement added. “Thank you for making them feel welcome and for supporting them on their journey.”

The World Refugee Day event in Anchorage will include a time to honor outstanding refugees in the community as well as organizations that support refugees.

The event will also include cultural food, dancing and entertainment from refugees, including speeches and song.

To volunteer for the upcoming event, contact Kara Casanova at

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