If, five years ago, someone told me I would be asked to publicly speak on the topic of refugees (or regularly speak in public in general), I would have shyly giggled and quickly dismissed it. But, this is now and I am here.
Four of the six first @rightfullysewn seamstresses were refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and Congo. They helped me only begin to understand the incredibly important national issue of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. I do not assert I am now an expert about this, in fact, I am rather acutely aware I know very little. But I’d like to know more. So I’ve asked two women I deeply admire, counterparts from our social service agency partners, to be on the panel with me.
Come and learn with me. Let’s create more understanding and compassion and love. If you can’t make it, DM me with questions and I’ll pose them. For instance, what is the difference between immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers? What did they face in their countries that forced them to leave? What are their biggest challenges when arriving in the US? What are their new goals in their new country? There are no dumb questions. Ever.
Hope to see you there. 🙏🏽♥️
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Rightfully Sewn founder Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer will present at the Carter Arts Center of Penn Valley during a speaker series entitled 1,000 Footsteps Tell a Story: Refugees’ Journeys Through Art and Conversation. Join Jennifer on Wednesday, February 21 from 6-7 pm as she discusses the mission of Rightfully Sewn to provide job opportunities for at-risk women, many of whom are refugees, through our Seamstress Program. Cathy Anderson with Jewish Vocational Service (@jvskc) and Jenni Kornfeld, Refugee Employment Services Coordinator with Catholic Charities of NE Kansas (@catholiccharitieskc), will be joining the panel discussion. Visit here for more info: http://www.mcckc.edu/pennvalley/art/(Photo by Samantha Levi Photography @samstownusa)