Thursday, November 14, 2013

Journey's End to serve up holiday dinner

By Shanice Core and Elias Taveras
Bengal News West Reporters        
             Journey’s End Refugee Services will be hosting a Thanksgiving  dinner for refugees. 
The United Methodist Church along with several other churches in Buffalo will collaborate with Journey’s End to make this experience a pleasant and memorable dinner for the refugees.
“This event will be a way to introduce the refugees to American culture,” Community Liaison Andy Cammarata said.
The dinner will be held at 8 p.m.,  Nov. 23 at the Central Park United Methodist Church,  216 Beard Ave.
This event continues to grow; last year 200 guests were in attendance.
Journey’s End Vocational Trainer, Chef Steve Gohiorty will cook the meals along with an army of volunteers. Refugees will be served traditional American dishes such as turkey with stuffing, fresh cranberries, and pumpkin pie, among other dishes.
            The dinner will be followed by a performance by refugee children from several public schools in Buffalo. They will perform a play about the first thanksgiving. 
            “Refugees work so hard all year round, it is a day for them to be treated like guests,” Cammarata said.
Although this event is targeted towards Buffalo refugees, it will be open to everyone in the community.
The United Methodist church and Journey’s End are now accepting food and money donations.