For more than 10 years, each June, Dorcas International 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 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 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!