Supporters of Jericho Road, an organization that helps refugees to access medical care (among other services) upon arriving to Buffalo, are invited to attend a fundraiser that explores the diverse foods that are now found throughout the city. Dishes served at the event include Burmese pad Thai, Jamaican rice and peas, Nepali rice biryani, African dishes, Middle Eastern flavors, and Caribbean delights. The celebration of food and culture is essentially an ode to “Rice and Noodles From Around the World”.
Aside from inspirational foods, the event focuses on the belief that each one of us is capable of achieving great goals when it comes to humanitarian deeds. Buffalo has welcomed countless refugees with open arms. But that’s just the start. Without assistance from resources such as Jericho Road Community Health Center (JRCHC), most of our new residents would be completely out of luck and left top their own devices. Language barriers. Financial constraints. Spiritual roadblocks. These are just a few of the issues that Jericho Road helps its refugees to overcome.
Each year, this event helps to “shine light” on disparity and injustice throughout the world. After all, we must remember why these refugees are here. The candlelit evening will be a reminder of the hardships that people continue to face. The candles also represent a shining light that is a safe haven for those who seek it out.
“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter… [It emerges] through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” – Mother Teresa
Imprint Buffalo 2014: Let It Shine | Friday, October 24 | 6 pm to 8:30 pm | Multimedia gallery | Keynote duo: board president Claity Massey and her husband Chuck Massey
*Tickets for the event are $25 (or two for $40) and can be purchased by visiting our website at jrchc.org or by calling Jericho Road at (716) 348-3000 x 405. The event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., with a rolling meal from 6-7:15. The closing presentation will begin at 7:45 p.m.