Last Wednesday, Grand Central Tech hosted a Refugees Welcome Dinner. Refugees Welcome is building bridges and breaking barriers by hosting dinners with people and companies across the country.
Inspired and encouraged by UNICEF + Purpose, we welcomed 25 refugees and asylum seekers and 25 Grand Central Tech community members at the table, with the intention to break bread, break barriers and make new friends. We wanted to host a dinner at GCT because, while in this world’s context it is becoming easier and/or preferable for all of us to avert our eyes and focus on our own universe, we need to retain perspective and our own humanity.
“I’ll be honest with you, events like these fall into the ‘heavy stuff’ category. As an immigrant who is also involved in an immigrant-focused non-profit, I know it first-hand.” – Galina Ozgur, General Manager at Grand Central Tech.
It was a truly beautiful event – we had guests from Venezuela, Egypt, Ukraine, Albania, Iraq, Gambia, Pakistan, and Lebanon. We served food from Eat Offbeat, which focuses on authentic off the beaten path cuisines made by refugees and tea from Retea – which donates funds to refugee children’s education. It’s true that the stories that people came with to the table were stories of displacement and loss, but for a few hours we were all united – by hope and gratitude. We shared delicious food, truthful conversation, and laughter.
To learn about how you can participate, visit Refugees Welcome Dinner.