REAP the Benefit 2020

A Legacy Of Welcoming


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The Refugee Response welcomes you to our 2020 Benefit: A Legacy of Welcoming

2020 has been a year of change for everyone, and The Refugee Response has been no exception. While we hoped to be able to be able to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with our community on The Ohio City Farm, due to safety recommendations surrounding COVID-19 we have decided to adapt our 2020 Benefit Fundraiser.

Instead of one night of celebration, this year's benefit will be an entire five weeks of events that are completely remote. You'll still be able to enjoy meals from Cleveland's premier chefs, but instead of serving it on the farm we'll deliver it to your home. We also have a lineup of live-streamed concerts, films and forums you can appreciate and discuss on social media together. By participating, you'll help not just The Refugee Response, but also Cleveland's imperiled independent restaurants, the refugee seamstresses who will sew tote bags you'll get with your meal delivery, and Malawian musicians.

Our benefit this year will help us build new offices to better serve our client families. The new space will be on the same campus as health care, child care, and emergency support organizations, making a one-stop shop for our clients. We'll also have space to host tutors and mentees for meetings, gatherings of grassroots refugee organizations we work with, store donations, and house new staff as we expand our services. Fully funding office construction will also free us from paying rent and maintenance costs for the lifetime of the building, financially securing the future of the organization and letting us focus our spending on programs.

Below you will find a list of our featured dinners, an event calendar and a portal where you can support our organization's ongoing work over five weeks from August 29th to September 22nd.


Featured Dinners

Benefit Events


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Support a Legacy of Welcoming

At the heart of all that we continue to do, and what we believe defines our work is that a personal kindness can be transformative.  Our work recognizes the dignity of all those we serve and seeks to create hope that this new place can be called a home.

To become a title sponsor for A Legacy of Welcoming, contact Executive Director, Patrick Kearns, at

2020 Benefit Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Advocate Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors


The Refugee Response empowers resettled families to grow roots, supporting them in becoming engaged, self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities.

2115 W 42nd St.

Cleveland, OH 44113

(216) 236-3877

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