Refugee news: Potluck and ESL classes

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Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community.

On Aug. 25, Cultural Bridges sponsored a potluck meal for all St. Joseph residents at Resurrection Lutheran Church to welcome our newer neighbors from Somalia. The film, “Warehoused” about a camp in Somalia, was shown to provide information regarding the conditions from which many refugees have come.  Many delicious dishes that are native to other cultures were shared.

Dianne DeVargas was honored for her years of generous service as the leader of Cultural Bridges. 


English classes for adults whose native language is not English have been scheduled.

Monday and Wednesday classes start on Monday, Sept. 9.

Classes are from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Spirituality Center near the College of St. Benedict. Take Minnesota Street to Third Street and turn left through the north entrance gate. At the stop sign, turn right and then take the first left and park.

Tuesday and Thursday classes start on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Classes are from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic School, 32 Minnesota St. W.

If you have any questions, please contact Juliana Howard at 715-791-8976 or Jamal Elmi, 320-310-2351.

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People line up for food at the Aug. 25 community potluck at Resurrection Church.

Author: Mike Knaak

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