What are "Welcoming Our New Neighbors" Meetings?

In October 2016, Salem Leadership Foundation, in partnership with Catholic Charities and Salem Alliance Church, hosted a series of lunch meetings called “Welcoming Our New Neighbors.” The purpose of these meetings was to bring together the various groups and organizations that were seeking to care for refugees and explore how the efforts could be coordinated.

Doug and Anya (Co-Founders) joined the “Welcoming Our New Neighbors” meetings & saw the incredible collaboration that was taking place.  Near the end of the meetings, they presented the group with an idea to form a network called Salem For Refugees to continue the community collaboration in caring for our new neighbors. The group voted, “Yes!” and Salem For Refugees was born!

Since then, "Welcoming Our New Neighbors" meetings have been a vital way to educate and involve our community in the refugee resettlement efforts in Salem.

Join Us.

Monday, September 12th

12:00 - 1:00pm

In Person, at Broadway Commons

1300 Broadway St NE

Salem, OR 97301

Join us on Monday, September 12th at Broadway Commons for our first Welcoming Our New Neighbors Meeting held in person in two and a half years!


There will be a chance to hear organizational share-outs, and to stay informed on what is happening with refugee resettlement in Salem and engaged in welcoming our newest neighbors. There will also be a time for volunteers and community members to network with each other and SFR staff. Lunch will be provided.

Click here to sign up for our meeting reminders with Zoom link and password.

Resources & Training

Please note, we will be taking a break for summer in July and August. We will resume our monthly meetings in September.