The Office of Refugee Resettlement held its 2011 National Consultation at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington D.C. on August 1 and 2, 2011. The consultation is designed to share ideas to help refugees from different countries achieve self-sufficiency as they resettle in the United States.
Discussion topics included employment services, English language instruction, vocational training, case management, and short-term cash and medical assistance.
There was particular interest in hearing directly from refugees, their experiences with the new culture, the challenges they are facing, and the solutions they are finding.
Amber Subba, President of the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron, attended the Consultation and represented Woven In Exile weavers among the Global Market Vendors.
He took a box of bags from our local weavers to sell at the conference, as well as information cards and the "Woven In Exile" sign, pictured in the window below. He sold several bags that helped our local Akron, Ohio, weavers.
Many people at this consultation learned about our Woven in Exile weavers and the beautiful bags they make.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.