“We wanted to host the Crossroads of Culture event to increase awareness about the refugees who live here and who become important threads in the fabric of our community,” said Joy Foster, JVS executive director. “We’re setting aside the day to call attention to and celebrate all the diverse cultures we have right here in the metro."
This event will take place at 1608 Baltimore in front of JVS’ offices from 1-5 p.m. The Crossroads of Culture is free and the entire public is invited to attend, rain or shine.
The afternoon’s activities will include live music, international foods to sample and fun things for children including an inflatable moonwalk and arts and crafts. There will also be a raffle for a variety of prizes such as theater tickets and passes to the Kansas City Zoo.
JVS assists refugees from many countries including Sudan, Somalia, Viet Nam, and Haiti to start new lives here by providing help with housing and job searches. JVS accepts donations of clothing and furniture from businesses and individuals. Their goal is to foster the social, cultural and economic integration of their clients into the Kansas City community.
JVS was originally established in 1949 to resettle Holocaust survivors, war refugees, and displaced persons. Its mission has expanded to serve anyone with a barrier, whether from a disability or acculturation difficulties. The agency served nearly 5000 persons in 2009.
For more information on the Crossroads of Culture, visit Jewish Vocational Services.