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Catalyst Radio: Thrive holding fundraisers as part of World Refugee Day

Thrive: A Refugee Support Program seeking donated items for fundraiser garage sale set for July 18-19.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Charles and Monika, and their children -- refugees from The Congo – have been able to become self-sufficient in their own home

Charles and Monika, and their children -- refugees from The Congo – have been able to become self-sufficient in their own home /Thrive

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June 20 is highlighted as World Refugee Day, and in this episode of Catalyst Radio we learn about efforts to serve the refugee community here in the Grand Rapids area. 

Joining us in studio today is the executive director of Thrive: A Refugee Support Program Jessica Gladden. Gladden, also assistant professor of social work at Ferris State University, will tell about the conditions under which refugees struggle, and how many come to be aided in Grand Rapids.

As part of World Refugee Day, Thrive is holding a fundraiser at Rockford Brewing Company. Another fundraiser -- a garage sale – is set for July 18 and 19, and the organization is seeking donated items for that even, as well.



Music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from DarlenYa, who will be performing at tonight’s fundraiser for Thrive, taking place at Rockford Brewing Company.  It’s the song “Give A Little More,” from the release Curves Ahead.

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