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VRRP Calendar

The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program hosts a number of events throughout the month. These include trainings and workshops to assist refugees and immigrants become full participants in all aspects of American life, volunteer trainings, and various cultural events and celebrations.

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Also, check our Facebook page for event updates >>

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A Mosaic of Flavor: Iraqi Biryani, Thursday, October 23 6-8:00PM McClure Multi-Generational Center, Burlington

In this workshop in the Mosaic of Flavor series, we turn our attention to Iraq. Savory and slightly sweet biryani can be a side dish or main course. Suhad Murad shows us how to make this Iraqi favorite along with a semolina cake that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Suhad came from Iraq three years ago with her husband and three children. She is an amazing cook and thinks that it was her cooking that won her husband's heart. Suhad’s recipes will be featured in the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program’s upcoming cookbook, A Mosaic of Flavor.

A Mosiac of Flavor cooking class series is sponsored jointly by City Market and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.  Classes are held at the McClure Multi-Generaltionl Center, at 241 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. For questions, call (802)861-9701

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Bridging Cultures - Our Community,  Wednesday, October 29, 6-8PM, Edmunds Middle School Library, Burlington

Vermonters share their stories with each other.  Join in this community conversation. Discussion facilitated by Goma Mabika

Sponsored by Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Burlington Fletcher Free Library, Winooski O'Brien Community Center, and UVM College of Education and Social Services. 

Free and open to the public; donations are welcome; light refreshments for sale.


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Attitude of Gratitude Community Dinner,  Saturday, November 1, 6-8PM, Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne

Fabulous ethnic foods, prepared by local New American community members, will be served while guests enjoy live entertainment.  A silent auction will also be taking place to take home some interesting artwork, crafts and other goodies from around the world.  Cuisines featured will be from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bosnia, Burma, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Iraq, Nepal, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Togo and Vietnam. Live music will feature Arabic musicians, Grup Anwar, & Burundian artist Noel Mukiza.

Join us for an evening of fun - enjoying special foods and musical performances found nowhere else in Vermont, and help support the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.  This event is a fundraiser for winter boots for new refugees and textbooks for English classes. 

Tickets prices are $40 for adults, $25 for children under 18 years of age.  Purchase tickets on line below or send an email to: volunteer@uscrivt.org or call (802) 338-4633.

Purchase tickets on line >>

Busy on November 1st? You can still support the event by making an on line donation to the above link or by sending a check to: Laurie Stavrand, Community Partnership Coordinator, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program/USCRI, 462 Hegeman Avenue, Suite 101, Colchester, VT 05446.

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A Mosaic of Flavor: Bosnian Mostar, Thursday, November 13, 6-8:00PM, Edmunds Middle School, Burlington

We will be preparing Brudet, a traditional seafood stew made with fish, scallops, shrimp and crab meat.  We will enjoy fresh bread with the stew.  Davorka Gosto came to Vermont from Bosnia Herzegovinia over 20 years ago.  She feels blessed to be one of two daughters raised by a mother who trained and worked as a professtional cook in Mostrahis.

A Mosiac of Flavor cooking class series is sponsored jointly by City Market and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.  Classes are held at the McClure Multi-Generaltionl Center, at 241 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. For questions, call (802)861-9701

Click here to register >>

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Bridging Cultures - What is Community?,  Wednesday, November 13, 6-8PM, Edmunds Middle School Library, Burlington

Please join us for this open conversation about "What is Community?" and "What do we want our community to be like?"

Sponsored by Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Burlington Fletcher Free Library, Winooski O'Brien Community Center, and UVM College of Education and Social Services. 

Free and open to the public; donations are welcome; light refreshments for sale.

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