Upcoming Events

World Refugee Day Celebration: June 27th, 12pm-4pm at 1917 Yearby Ave.

This celebration includes community soccer games, arts and crafts, and food donated by local restaurants! It will be an afternoon of fun and warmth. Contact Jourdi ( for more information.


Recipes with Refugees

Refugees are arriving here in the Triangle to begin new lives of peace and hope after fleeing their homelands due to a fear of persecution.  They arrive with knowledge, experiences and stories from parts of the world that many of us have only seen in movies and read about in books.

This is why Church World Service is proud to present to you “Recipes with Refugees.”  This series of events taps into the culinary skills of refugees and provides our Durham community the opportunity to learn their recipes while also hearing the stories of individuals arriving from around the world.  Refugees host cooking classes, teaching the Durham community not only about their traditional foods, but also about their cultures as they share their personal journeys.

If you or yours would like to host a  “Recipes with Refugees” night, please contact Community Resource Coordinator Jourdi Bosley at

For one of our most recent Recipes with Refugees events, we had an  Arabic dinner of Dolma (stuffed grape leaves), Jajik (cucumber/yogurt salad), Arabic Salad, and a rice dish called Koozi.

Housewarming Parties for Refugees

Are you interested in hosting an event to raise awareness about refugees in the Triangle? One great way to do this is to throw a Housewarming Party. At this event, you’ll be able to share information about refugees, the work that CWS does to assist with resettlement, and encourage your friends and neighbors to welcome our newest neighbors to the community.

For a more detailed explanation of the Refugee Housewarming party click here.

If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, give our Community Resource Coordinator Sarah Friedman a call at 919-680-4310. She will be happy to talk with you about party logistics and about all of the informational materials that you will need.

Once you’ve gotten started, here a few templates for party invitations that you can print: