In 2010 the Refugee Response was established. Since inception the organization has been able to provide unique and important services to Cleveland’s new neighbors allowing children and families to excel in school and in life. Refugees resettled to Cleveland do better on average than those who resettle in other areas of the country. They work and they overwhelmingly give back to the city, making the most of the investment Cleveland places in them. The strength of organizations such as Catholic Charities, USCRI, Global Cleveland and US Together in providing critical support has allowed these families to make Cleveland their home. Coordination through the Refugee Services Collaborative which include health care and education providers has allowed for an unparalleled sophistication of support.

The Refugee Response provides a fourteen month long program of targeted support in education and employment training so that families can be safe and secure in the long term. These programs are critical to both the short and long term economic success and the social and emotional assimilation of our region’s newest community members. This support allows families to have the time and the opportunity to make Cleveland their home and to become engaged citizens of our community.

Our annual benefit this year is on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 for a summer evening at our nation’s largest urban farm, the Ohio City Farm, overlooking our lakefront city skyline. Enjoy exciting culinary experiences from Cleveland’s premiere chefs using produce from the farm. The evening will feature live performances from Opus 216 and the Lucky Ones, seasonal tastings from 18 of Cleveland’s finest restaurants and caterers, farm tours, cocktails, the Cleveland Culinary Experience Raffle and much more.

The benefit this year is entitled “No Place Like Home.” Through this event we will highlight the unique and valuable resources of this city we call home, and where so many of these new families hope to build a new home. We also want to underscore that fact that a refugee camp, where so many of these new families have just come from, is in fact, no place like home. Please join this most special evening with us and celebrate the diverse and wonderful place that is Cleveland.


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