Lexington Refugee Assistance Program To Speak At June 19 Service

The Lexington Refugee Assistance Program or LexRAP will be speaking at the Church of Our Redeemer (6 Meriam St, Lexington) at the 9:30 church service on June 19- Father’s Day. Osamah Salman, a Lexington resident, who is an Iraqi refugee, and his American friend will be speaking on his experience in coming to America. The committee will then host an education session on the needs of the refugees. The program is open to all.

A group of Lexington citizens and others from adjacent towns formed LexRAP last September.  Since that time, the group has worked to understand the refugee crisis and the different groups involved.  Its focus is to make Lexington a welcoming place for refugees and to help them directly with housing, education, socialization etc.

Recently, Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, personally welcomed a Syrian family after the governor of Indiana had turned them away. On Sunday, May 1, Malloy was the 26th recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for taking this stand. In his acceptance speech, Malloy said,” America has been that shining place, that special place —we are a land of immigrants.” He added, I don’t think it was an act of courage. It was an act of decency.”