Statement from Saint Francis Ministries on Refugee Resettlement in Kansas
December 2019 · Ministry News
Saint Francis Ministries would like to offer our sincere appreciation to Gov. Laura Kelly for her continued support of refugee resettlement in Kansas.
“Gov. Kelly’s announcement Wednesday that Kansas will continue to accept refugees upholds the values and beliefs of Saint Francis Ministries, as we seek to protect, support and offer services for vulnerable populations,” said Angela Smith, Saint Francis vice president of International Ministries.
“Gov. Kelly’s decision to stand as a beacon of hope for refugees is admirable, and one we support wholeheartedly,” Smith said. “Most refugees are fleeing dire situations in their home countries where they have been persecuted. Welcoming them to Kansas is critical. We’re proud to support refugees who resettle here and believe strongly that their presence strengthens our state – its culture and its economy.”
Saint Francis works with Episcopal Migration Ministries, one of nine refugee resettlement providers in the country, to support refugees who make their home in Kansas. All refugee resettlement is done through the U.S. Department of State’s Resettlement Program. Around the world, there are estimated to be 65.6 million displaced people, and 22.5 million of those are refugees, a staggering number that includes 11.25 million children.
In Kansas, more than 6,300 refugees have been resettled since January 2002. (Data on refugee resettlement is available at wrapsnet.org.)
Through its Migration Ministries work, Saint Francis helps those fleeing violence or persecution build new lives in Kansas. The organization provides refugee families and children with on-going support for successful integration into the community. That work includes finding housing, employment, and enrolling in school.