Human Services Network of Colorado

Understanding & Supporting Immigrants and Refugees

  • 07/25/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Denver Rescue Mission's Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
  • 24


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In the current political landscape, it is more important than ever to make sure that we, as service providers, are re-evaluating the needs of our immigrant and refugee communities and are able to pivot to make sure that we are able to deliver the best level of services to our community members. With more fear, risk, and changes given the constant changes in rules, regulations, and lived experiences, the need to gather and disseminate information, update education for our staff, and evaluate what services we provide is critical. We will learn how to:

  • Establish what the barriers and benefits are to building a welcoming community
  • Understand various concepts that are integral to working with immigrant and refugee communities
  • Build collaborative efforts with other organizations and services
  • Educate our clients, community members, and staff about how to support, protect, and prepare them in this changing political landscape

Workshop Outline:

Refugee stories

      • Journey from a home to homelessness to a new home
      • Challenges faced in a refugee camp
      • Challenges faced after coming to USA
      • Difference meaningful support can make

Why do we care?

      • What our past has to teach us? – Our values and character
      • What contributions to the society and economy can be made


      • Political binaries in place
      • Inaccurate coverage of events leading to misinformation

What can we do?

      • Welcoming those seeking new life
      • Mentoring refugees
      • Partnering with organizations charged with supporting refugees


Shahrukh Suleman hails from Pakistan. He had to flee the country due to religious persecution. He arrived in the USA in 2013 with his wife and two children. Shahrukh and his family have experienced firsthand the challenges of leaving home and moving to a new place and a new culture while having to readjust their lifestyle. Shahrukh seeks to help those who have been similarly displaced and is currently working at Denver Rescue Mission as Program Coordinator for Family Refugee Services.

Eligible for 3 CEUs.
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