World Refugee Day 2016 Kickoff

Our first event of World Refugee Day took place yesterday, one of many over the next 10 days during which we host and share in various events around town to celebrate and remember refugees around the world.

We kicked off this week with a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Workshop in partnership with Durham County Public Library’s Main Branch, the Durham Bicycle Cooperative and volunteers, the support of Dale McKeel (Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at City Hall), and a special appearance from Durham Police Department via library security who gave a quick hello to our group of new arrivals in the midst of library introductions.bikeandpedsafetywkshp4bikeandpedsafetywkshp1

Refugees, staff, and volunteers walked from CWS office to the downtown library, with Durham Bike Co-op representatives giving transportation tutorials along the way. Folks pointed out bike lanes, the bike racks on buses, the walk and don’t walk signs, and the importance of observing traffic signals for save travels. Three new arrivals obtained library cards at this visit, and all attendees got a special tour of library facilities, tutorials on the on-site computers, and a run-through of how to apply and receive a library card. Photos below show the workshop in action.

Please stay tuned to our upcoming community events at Juneteenth Festival and Zinburger in Southpoint (print the attached flyer and bring with you to Zinburger to support us!) over the next few days. We’d love to see your faces in support in community! And again, many thanks to our community partners and volunteers who made this recent workshop possible.