See Their Stories
One hundred years ago, people of strong faith, love and compassion founded our organization to help individuals and families struggling with life’s most challenging issues. Today, we share the stories of the individuals who came to us through our refugee resettlement program… stories of great loss and great hope.
Refugees are among the most vulnerable in our community. CFC has launched the “See Their Stories” campaign in effort to bring clarity to the mistrust and misunderstanding of the refugee story. A series of 15- and 30-second video vignettes have been created to illustrate the personal journey of refugees.
We have made these available as downloadable and editable PSAs and photos suitable for any resettlement service providers or other organization working with refugees to use and promote freely in their local outreach and educational efforts.
We are gratified that international organizations, such as the Vatican, and national and New York State based resettlement service agencies have contributed to the further distribution of the “See Their Story” free-use PSAs. Thank you to all who are interested in this conversation!
So many do not understand that refugee resettlement is not a choice. It is a matter of life or death for so many fleeing war, persecution, abuse, neglect, gang violence, trafficking sometimes without parents, children and family.
Refugees come scared, alone, tortured, with no other choice for survival. Yet so many Americans continue to live under the misconceptions that refugees pose a great risk to our country. America has long provided an intensive vetting process and safe haven to people from around the world in search of safety, freedom and opportunity.
Our feeling is that the real human stories of welcoming and integration of refugees told through “See Their Stories” make real the troubling, inspiring and at-times beautiful history of what, and who, a refugee is. Now more than ever, may our combined resources and dedication serve to bring clarity to this very important issue in our country, and in our world, and help those we serve find peace, safety and friendship.