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KCF lecture to focus on Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors Program

The lecture series sponsored by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) and the Kentlands Community Foundation (KCF) continues next week with a departure from the series’ previous format and an attempt to stimulate a candid discussion on a vital current topic.

How do we help our new neighbors who have come here from a foreign country and have no jobs, no home and only the possessions they can carry? How can we begin to understand how strange and unsettled they must feel? Those are the questions that will be raised and hopefully answered at the presentation on Monday, September 11th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Kentlands Manor. This presentation is hosted by the Kentlands Manor and the Village at Kentlands & Lakelands (a program of the KCF). Light refreshments will be served at 7:00 pm followed by the lecture beginning at 7:30 pm.

Bob Cooke from the Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors Program, Mark Joffe of Temple Beth Ami and Nelofar Anwar, M.D. of the Islamic Center of Maryland will talk about the many intricate steps needed to settle these families and individuals into the pace of American life. Attendees will learn how communities of faith are banding together to help assist our new Montgomery County neighbors and participate in the discussion of a topic relevant to all of our lives.

The KCA/KFC lecture series launched at the beginning of this year had been following an alternating pattern of Kentlands residents giving lectures on topics for which they had some unique expertise or passion intermixed with KCF-sponsored lectures on new urbanism by renowned authorities on a specific specialty. This is the first departure from that pattern to tap local expertise on a critically important social issue in the headlines today.

Next week’s lecture is sponsored by the Village, which invites you to join today and help residents who are 55 or older and those with disabilities of any age enjoy happier, healthier lives while living in their homes. Volunteers will enjoy the benefits of helping with transportation, small household chores, community resource referrals, lifelong learning programs and many other interesting and enjoyable social events.

To learn more about the Village visit www.villagekentlandslakelands.org or call 240-449-9002.

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