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Refugee Empowerment Center Contracts New Leadership to Drive Mission

The Refugee Empowerment Center is proactively taking steps toward creating a world where communities welcome all refugees and immigrants. This mission will continue with the contracting of Interim Executive Director, Kathy Bigsby Moore. Moore will serve the Refugee Empowerment Center on a temporary basis beginning on Oct. 13, following the departure of the organization’s former Executive Director, Ann Marie Kudlacz.

“With the refugee crisis at the forefront of so many individuals’ minds, Kathy’s involvement with the Refugee Empowerment Center is coming at the most opportune time,” said board president Brian Blackford, attorney at Blackford Law LLC. “Her established presence in the nonprofit community, combined with her wealth of experience in organizational change management, will drive us forward in our mission to resettle and empower refugees to become self-sufficient through direct services and educational programs.”

Moore is no stranger to the nonprofit community, having gained more than 30 years of experience in project management and nonprofit leadership. Most recently, she was awarded the Nebraska Appleseed Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award for her significant contributions to justice for all throughout her career. Her wealth of knowledge enables her to provide valuable consultation to new, emerging nonprofits, as well as established organizations like the Refugee Empowerment Center.

Moore’s involvement in the Center will set the stage for the organization’s future leadership team to continue to successfully assist refugees in integrating into their new homes and obtaining the skills necessary for self-sufficiency.


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Join us on Omaha’s largest day of giving! Show your support for refugees in Omaha by making a financial gift and come hang out with us during our New American Potluck! Get to know our staff and students from our ELL classes! Dishes will be provided by staff and students, feel free to bring something […]

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Tomorrow: Open House / Lunch & Learn / Weaving Workshop Join us for lunch tomorrow (4/1/16) and learn more about resettlement and upcoming programming and events happening this spring/summer to support refugee communities in Omaha! Meet our staff, meet former-refugees who now call Omaha home, and visit our gift shop. All items are handmade by […]

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