The Colorado New Play Festival in partnership with the International Rescue Committee will conduct annual writing therapy retreats for newly arrived refugees. The mission of the International Rescue Committee is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control over their future. At the core of this writing program is the hope that writing will provide a way for refugees to tell their own stories. To give them a tool that will allow them to tell the world what they have endured and overcome.
Refugees are ordinary people like you and me, who have lost everything. Their lives have been ripped away and the pain of that fact is unceasing.
Through writing, the process of self-development, expression and healing can begin. The writing program will help refugees identify their assets and strengths, cultivate resiliency, and establish connections with one another and their new homeland. The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. Just like us they deserve a life of dignity, freedom and security. When we welcome refugees, they change our lives and communities for the better.