World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe, celebrating the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. This year, Catholic Social Services celebrates refugees with a month of events – capping off with our annual celebration of World Refugee Day on June 27, from
4 – 7:30 p.m. at Grow North Farm.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 11, 5 pm: Assembly Proclamation
The Anchorage Assembly announces a resolution acknowledging June 20th as World Refugee Day.
Location: Z.J. Loussac Library, Assembly Chambers, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK 99503

Friday, June 14: Welcome Corps Discussion
Are you interested in becoming a Welcome Corps sponsor? Join Alaska Office for Refugees for a discussion on Welcome Corps and information on sponsoring a refugee. The event is free, and pre-registration is required. Food will be provided for in-person attendees.
Location: Catholic Social Services, 4600 Debarr Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Thursday, June 20, ALL DAY: Official international date for World Refugee Day

Friday, June 21, 11:30-12:50 pm: Anchorage Assembly Food for Thought Workshop
Chair Constance invites Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) to present on the important work done by the program. The Workshop will focus on the momentum being built by nonprofit organizations to strengthen Alaska’s underserved communities. In addition to RAIS, we’re also inviting the Alaska Black Caucus, Umoja Coworking Space and Choosing Our Roots. Each group will have 10 minutes to present and then there will be a round table discussion.
Ste 155 in City Hall, 632 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Tuesday, June 25, 10 am & 8 pm: Talk of Alaska broadcast
Issa Spatrisano, State Refugee Coordinator appears on Alaska Public Media’s Talk of Alaska to share about Alaskan resettlement and the contributions refugees bring to our state.
Airs at 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. on KSKA FM 91.1 in Anchorage, AK

Thursday, June 27, 4 – 7:30 pm: World Refugee Day Celebration
Catholic Social Services marks World Refugee Day with a celebration to honor the journey and resilience of the refugee community and recognize the incredible contributions and the positive impact they’re making in Alaska. Join us to celebrate our refugee community with food, dance, awards, and a variety of fun activities!
Location: Grow North Farm, 3601 Mountainview Dr., Anchorage AK 99508
*Parking is limited. Attendees are encouraged to park at Clark Middle School across the street.