Interfaith Partnership to Host Refugee Resettlement Programs

May 23, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

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On May 23, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "the Sudanese family's arrival in Tampa [FL] late Wednesday marks a milestone for faith groups that help refugees settle here. For the first time, Christians and Muslims have formed a partnership to sponsor the newcomers... 'It's a true interfaith project,' says Danielle Kearney, director of the refugee resettlement program for Lutheran Services Florida. 'And it has so much more of an impact in this day and age... Here's an example of people working together, the way it should be, instead of going in opposite directions...' Serving as co-sponsors for the Fator family are Lutheran Services, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Carrollwood and the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay. St. Mark's is providing the family with a five-bedroom house it owns on land near Cain Road and Gunn Highway, the future site of its new church complex. The Islamic Society will assist the Muslim family with support services."