Welcoming Rhode Island

Welcoming Rhode Island is a community-based initiative by Dorcas International that seeks to affirm RI as a welcoming place for all newcomers and that fuels the continuation of building strong, vibrant, and more cohesive communities across the state. This initiative encompasses various community projects as well as a huge annual FREE festival that celebrates newcomers every year: The Welcoming Rhode Island Festival (WRIF).

Every June, for more than 10 years, Dorcas International has organized a major event for World Refugee Day that has brought thousands of people together in Rhode Island. And after seeing such great success and consistent support over the years, Dorcas International decided to transform this event into a greater and more encompassing day of diversity that broadened representation, welcomed all newcomers, and celebrated Immigrant Heritage Month.

As one of the largest agencies working to empower immigrants and refugees in Rhode Island for nearly 100 years, Dorcas International strives to help people overcome cultural, educational, economic, and language barriers through its vital programs and services. And WRIF, as a part of the Welcoming Rhode Island initiative, is an event that wholly reflects the agency’s work and mission.

WRIF is a free and family-friendly festival that invites people to explore cultures and to honor diversity, freedom, and their personal heritage. In past years, there has been live music, games, international foods, interactive activities, entertainment for children, exciting performances (ranging from belly dancing to African drumming), global artisans, a Maker’s Market, and more!

This June WRIF is at PVDFest!

This year we invite all our supporters and PVDFest attendees to immerse themselves in a FREE unique, family-friendly and interactive multicultural experience with us at our station in Burnside Park on June 8, 2019 | 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.!

This is our first-ever partnership with the City of Providence as a participant of PVDFest – and it’s going to be amazing!

Exciting things to expect for WRIF at PVDFest 2019:
• Live international performances.
• Global Maker’s Market of talented artists, including some of the people we serve.
• A site-specific photographic installation reflecting the power of human resilience.
• Official naturalization ceremony where individuals will take the Oath of Allegiance and receive a Certificate of Naturalization to complete the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen.

If you would like to help fund our community initiative that’s brought people together for more than a decade here in Rhode Island – please donate now!

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