Ingham County and STVCC to Install Peace Pole for World Refugee Awareness Week
Monday, June 15, 2015
Ingham County and STVCC to Install
Peace Pole for World Refugee Awareness Week
St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has teamed with the Ingham County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to unveil a Peace Pole at the Ingham County DHHS campus on Thursday, June 18 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. as part of World Refugee Awareness Week.
The event will take place at the Lansing DHHS offices located at 5303 S. Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911, directly outside Building 4.
The Peace Poll is a lasting statement of thanks for the contributions that immigrants and refugees have made to Ingham County. The pole features the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in twelve different languages. This is the fourth peace poll installed in the county, joining locations at Hunter Park, Summerplace Townhomes, and downtown East Lansing.
“The planting of this pole signifies the important relationship between Ingham County, Lansing and St. Vincent Catholic Charities as we welcome refugees into our community” shared Judi Harris, STVCC Refugee Services Program Director. “Refugees come to our country to escape persecution, conflict, and violence, and need our support as they learn a new culture.”
“The refugee population in Ingham County is vital to our economy,” included Rebecca Bahar-Cook, Ingham County Commissioner District 2. “These are hardworking, dedicated individuals who make a difference at our local stores, shops, and restaurants.”
As part of the ceremony, a 2:00 p.m. press conference will be held, featuring Andrea Seyka, STVCC CEO; Rebecca Bahar-Cook, Ingham County Commissioner District 2; Yadu Baral, STVCC Case Manager/Resettlement Coordinator; Judi Harris, STVCC Refugee Services Program Director; and SuA’lyn Holbrook, DHHS Ingham County Director.
For more information on the refugee services offered by STVCC, please visit http://stvcc.org/services/refugeeservices/.