WRAP IS CLOSED
Due to the State of Emergency in Massachusetts regarding the Covid-19 disease, WRAP will be closed until July 1, 2020 or until further notice.
Please check back for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lesa McWalters, Executive Director, at 774-276-1602.
For more information about the coronavirus, visit www.worcesterma.gov/coronavirus
We wish all our community members, volunteers, and collaborators a very healthy and safe March.
Empowering Burmese refugees toward sustainable self-reliance
Black Lives Matter
The WRAP Board of Directors publicly affirms not only that Black Lives Matter but also our support of the mission of the Black Lives Matter movement. The fight for a world free of anti-Black racism is also the fight for a world free of all xenophobia and immigrant oppression. The movement to uplift and affirm the contributions and worth of Black lives directly lifts up the movement for justice for all migrants, regardless of whether they fit neatly into narratives of "good" or "bad" immigrants. The Black Lives Matter movement demonstrates to us at WRAP what this world could be and where we hope to go, and it inspires us to be critical of ourselves and our role, both in bettering the world and in the ways we have not been aware of our positionality in the past.
We are working towards heightened anti-racism training for those in our leadership and ways we can actualize the work of the Black Lives Matter movement in our own work. The change starts with ourselves and the ways each of us can be more aware of how white supremacy has corrupted our thoughts, and then it moves out towards deep reflection on the institutions (large and small) that we support and live within and how we can push for change.
Wrap in the News
WRAP opens its new doors in style. Learn more with this piece from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Grand opening of Worcester Refugee Assistance Project
Interested in getting involved with providing assistance to Refugees? Check out this article:
Ways You Can Help Refugees: Former Obama Chief of Staff Speaks at Holy Cross
If you want to learn more about refugee communities in Worcester, take a read through this article is the Telegram feature the work of Susan Rogers with WRAP community members:
Professor aims to tell refugees' stories of making a new life in Worcester.
Check out these two articles about the WRAP Youth published in the Telegram & Gazette and on Umass Med Now.
From refugee camp to Tower Hill: Burmese youth group eases assimilation
Creative classes build bridges between cultures, help refugee youth from Burma adjust to new lives
WRAP at the 2017 World Summit on Social Accountability
Medical Students and Youth Coordinator Courtney Temple and Mark Fusunyan present WRAP Youth programming at the 2017 World Summit on Social Accountability in Hammamet, Tunisia. Medical students from around the world heard about the youth and their amazing storybook!
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WRAP's Creative Corner
Check out the newest local exhibit of artwork by Hay Reh, featured in the lobby gallery at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA!
WRAP Speaks at Worcester City Council Meeting
Office hours are by appointment only by contacting the Executive Director, Lesa McWalters, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or text at 774-276-1602.
WRAPs New Home Ribbon Cutting
Thanks to all who attended the Open House Ribbon Cutting on May 10th! We look forward to serving refugees from Burma in the City of Worcester for many years to come!
And a special thank you to Commerce Bank (Berkshire Bank) for your generous donation!
WRAP community celebrates in their new location honoring long-time volunteer Meme Tran as she graduates from medical school and starts her residency at UMass Hospital in Worcester!
Congratulations Meme from all of us at WRAP!
Help us Furnish the New Space
If you didn't know, we just moved and are in need of furnishings for our new space. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Please check out our Wish List if you are interested in helping out.
Refugees Welcome t-shirts!
Show your support for refugees with this t-shirt! Complete with a quote from George Washington in his letter to the first Jewish congregation in Newport, RI. It is a powerful statement and reminder of the values this country holds dear. This shirt is yours in return for a $20 donation. We have Youth Large, Adult Small, Medium, Large, and XL. We can ship it to you or to help your donation go farther you can pick it up from our office in Worcester.
Head over to our donation page to support WRAP and get your T-shirt now.
When you go to smile.amazon.com and enter our organization name, for any eligible purchase you make Amazon will donate to WRAP. It won't change the cost for your purchase, it just adds a touch of heart.
Learn about Refugee Mental Health
Click here to watch an episode of A Bridge to Better Mental Health on Worcester's WCCA TV in September 2016 featuring three young refugee women from Burma
Ways to help and New Volunteer application
We are located at 340 Main Street, Suite 205,
Worcester MA 01608
Please contact us with your questions or comments.
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