Open House...Open Hearts!
We had over 150 people walk through our doors on Valentine's Day. Hearts with "LOVE" written in multiple languages decorated the hallways and rooms. Our staff dressed in their native clothing to represent their home country. Representatives from local churches, universities, government & non-profit agencies and businesses toured our facilities. Presentations from our staff and refugees were held at multiple times throughout the day. Hearing the story of World Relief and testimonies from refugees gripped the hearts of the listeners. Future volunteers and supporters of World Relief will arise from this year's Open House.
A highlight from the 1pm presentation was a special native dance from 2 Burmese girls and the personal story from Josephine explaining the plight of her people. Our refugees has a story to tell: of their persecution in home country, their flight for survival, their journey to America and their resettlement in Jacksonville. We were honored to share a few of these stories of FREEDOM with you!
In case you missed Open House this year, we can always arrange a private tour and meeting with a member of our community team [Molly Tidwell, Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org ; Katie Sullivan, Church Relations email@example.com ; or Brenda Boydston, Community Development firstname.lastname@example.org ].