As a direct implication of President Trump’s first executive order denying refuge to the United States to many families and individuals fleeing their home countries, Lancaster remembers the loss of eighty-nine refugees who had once been approved to resettle into our community. Instead, they remain in the refugee camps they believed they were soon leaving behind.

In the wake of the executive orders, the Lancaster community continues to respond with solidarity and compassion for these individuals. CWS/Lancaster, in partnership with several organizations, hosted a Concert for Refugees in January 2018 for refugees, immigrants, and Lancastrians to honor those individuals that would have become a part of our community, and to recognize the resilience of refugees all over the world. Upon arrival to the event, attendees received slips containing the names and biographical information of these eighty-nine refugees specifically barred from the United States. Community members wrote the names of these individuals on prayer flags that currently hang on Tellus360’s rooftop in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20. As the wind carries the flags, the Lancaster community’s goodwill, compassion, and love will travel to the individuals whose names are inscribed, as they wait for their fate in refugee camps.

Maybe the next time you’re around or at Tellus360, you will look up at these flags and join us in sending your own goodwill and thoughts to these families and individuals.
Thank you for your continued support, Lancaster.
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