May 13, 2019
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock voiced support for the faith and non-profit groups unifying to connect those seeking refuge from violence from their home countries with their sponsors here in the United States. The group of 55 arrived in Denver by bus late Sunday.
“Denver will always be a welcoming place for people seeking refuge,” Mayor Hancock said. “I am proud of our community for proactively stepping in to provide support in uniting these individuals with their family and friends. They deserve our compassion, not condemnation.”
Three faith communities in Denver are temporarily housing the people seeking refuge in coordination with two nonprofits – American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Casa de Paz.
“While the City did not have a role in coordinating or funding this effort, we have heard from many in the community who are eager to help,” City Attorney Kristin M. Bronson said. “We are directing volunteers to the appropriate agencies and are inspired by the way our city is again coming together to support those in need.”
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizing Director
American Friends Service Committee