Pennsylvania Governor’s Proclamation Issued for Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day

June 18, 2024

The Church World Service South Central PA Offices in Lancaster and Harrisburg are thrilled to celebrate Gov. Josh Shapiro’s Proclamation designating June 2024 as Immigrant Heritage Month and June 20, 2024, as World Refugee Day in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In his Proclamation, Governor Josh Shapiro states, “I encourage all Pennsylvanians to raise awareness of their challenges, promote their integration...

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April 4, 2023

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An Afghan Wedding in Carlisle

June 30, 2022

Sameer and Tamana always dreamed of a traditional Afghan wedding, which according to Sameer, is like an Indian wedding on steroids — with days of celebration and a month long “honeymoon”— whereby the newly married make the rounds to visit relatives during their first 30 days of marriage. But as the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban accelerated last summer,...

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When Afghanistan Fell

June 3, 2022

When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August, Sherri Kimmel worried about the family of a student she’d met through her work at Bucknell University. Her efforts to help that family led her to Church World Service (CWS), one of nine national organizations working with the U.S. government to resettle the 76,000 Afghans lucky enough to reach the United States....

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Harrisburg ArtsFest

May 29, 2022

When the wonderful folks at St. Steven’s Episcopal Church of Harrisburg reached out to us to tell us they would give us their front lawn during day 1 of ArtsFest, which faces Riverfront Park, we were elated! Our friend at the church, Gerry Garber, walked us through the process of getting our new neighbors crafts ready, setting up the space...

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