Ukraine Arrivals, Afghan Anniversary and Lessons from an Unforeseen Year in Refugee Resettlement

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT

Join GHR Foundation Program Manager, Cassie Bean, and leaders from Minnesota’s refugee resettlement agencies for a conversation about Ukraine arrivals, the Afghan anniversary and lessons from an unforeseen year in refugee resettlement.

One year ago Minnesota’s five resettlement agencies were gearing up to welcome the expected 125,000 refugee admissions ceiling pledged by the Biden administration. Instead, the agencies were called to help newly arrived displaced people from Afghanistan and Ukraine – the largest post war evacuation since Vietnam.

Leaders from Minnesota’s five resettlement agencies – Arrive Ministries, Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, Lutheran Social Services, International Institute of Minnesota and Minnesota Council of Churches – work collaboratively to address the needs of Minnesota’s newly arrived refugees across the state. This session is a conversation with those leaders on lessons learned from an unexpected year and what is on the horizon as the U.S. rebuilds this humanitarian program and continues Minnesota’s tradition of welcoming refugees.


Cassie Bean, Program Manager, Twin Cities Racial Equity, GHR Foundation and Board Member, International Institute of Minnesota


Rachel Lee, Director of Refugee Services, International Institute of Minnesota

John Meyers, Director of Refugee Resettlement, Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota

Rebekah Phillips, Direct Program Services Director, Arrive Ministries

Ben Walen, Refugee Services Division Director, Minnesota Council of Churches

Representative, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

This conversation is open to all MCF members interested in refugee resettlement services and policy. Log-in details will be provided in your confirmation email. If you have questions about this meeting, please contact Paul Masiarchin,

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