Sunday, July 13, 2008

Welcome Picnic for Iraqi Refugees

A reader asked that we share this mesage, and we at Albany Catholic are glad to oblige.

Welcome Picnic for Iraqi Refugees
Saturday, July 19, 1:30 - 5:30 (rain or shine!)
Islamic Center of the Capital District,
21 Lansing Rd. N., Schenectady, 12204
(off Central Ave., just past Ethan Allen on the right, going west)

Please join the Iraqi Refugee Support Committee for Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women’s Association for Family Affairs, and Women Against War in welcoming Iraqi refugees to the Capital District. Approximately one dozen Iraqi families have been re-settled in the Albany area in the past 6-8 months, and many new families will be arriving shortly. We hope you will join us in welcoming them to our community. The gathering will be hosted by the Islamic Center of the Capital District. Our generous hosts will provide picnic foods. You may bring a dish or dessert to share if you wish. We will break bread with our new Iraqi neighbors and provide them with dictionaries and other items to help ease their transition into life in Albany.

This event is free and open to all members of the peace community. You will have the opportunity to make a tax deductible donation to support the Iraqi families as they begin new lives, as well as the Iraqi student who will be studying at Union College as part of the Iraqi Student Project (

If you cannot attend, checks for support of the refugee families can be made out to the Islamic Center of the Capital District, memo line: “ Iraqi Refugee Project”, and mailed to ICCDNY, 21 Lansing Rd. N., Schenectady, 12204. To contribute to the Iraqi student at Union College, please make your check out to Union College, memo line: “Restricted to account #45841”, and mail to Records, Attn: Kathleen D. McCann, Union College Schenectady, NY 12308. Donations to the Union fund can also be made online: and follow the instructions. Please include the memo: “Restricted to account #45841”

For more information contact: Carole Ferraro, 518.463.0095, or Elaine Hills, 518.439.8262.