After a week of incredible events, we are again in awe of this community. We are beyond grateful to the families who have recently settled in Missoula, and the light, joy, and culture they share with us. We want to take time to thank everyone in the community who made this week such a success.
Thank you to:
The Missoula community at large for attending these events and being so kind and welcoming. It was so fun to see both new and familiar faces throughout the week.
Imagine Nation Brewing for being an outstanding partner, hosting THREE events, and for brewing us our very own “Together” beer!
Arts Missoula for working hard to make Missoula an informed and culturally aware community and for hosting a powerful movie night at the Roxy theatre as well as a discussion on improving our sister city partnerships.
Liquid Planet for sponsoring the Eritrean coffee ceremony. We were able to raise $550 that went directly to the women performing the ceremony!
Father Rob and everyone at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for being so welcoming to all of our Eritrean families and sharing their church with us.
Missoula Alliance Church for being so supportive of all the Congolese families in Missoula and providing a delicious meal after the Congo vs Eritrea soccer match.
The International Rescue Committee of Missoula for all they do for folks seeking safety for their families, and for hosting a very successful advocacy day.
The Top Hat for hosting our Taste of The Middle East supper club. What a success! A special thank you to the marketing department, the chefs for opening up their kitchen, and the waitstaff for making the night run so smoothly.
The Jeanette Rankin Peace Center for hosting a great book club, and spreading peace and understanding around Missoula.
Sushi Hana for continuously supporting Soft Landing, this time by sharing their ad time with us to promote Welcoming Week and get the word out!
Everyone who worked to make the launching of our “Together” campaign a success, especially Gecko Designs for printing the banners, Jenn Prinzing at Social Club 406 for designing the Together campaign, Sushi Hana for sponsoring the banners, and all of you who have supported SLM thus far by purchasing your TOGETHER gear.
And of course, to all of the Syrian, Iraqi, Eritrean, and Congolese families who shared little bits of their culture with all of us this past week.
Welcoming Week is one of our favorite weeks of the year; how could it not be when we have this many community members coming together to celebrate each other!? Check out some of the highlights from the week below: