World Refugee Day!

The Greater Tampa Bay area celebrated World Refugee Day as Neil Diamonds’s iconic “We’re coming to America” song providing an enthusiastic musical backdrop while video displayed iconic images of America and late 19th and early 20th century immigrants as they passed the Statue of Liberty and arrived at Ellis Island. The joyous event was hosted  by Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg. The school’s culinary students provided delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments for the event attendees. Local social service agencies were there to provide information to the soon-to-be citizens and included our own Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services, led by Program Manager Aziz and his son, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections among others. Volunteers from multiple agencies, including the U.S. Equal Opportunity Committee, Pinellas Refugee Educational Program, and UNCM Suncoast, assisted everyone as they arrived in ...