On October 24, the Salem Peace Lecture Committee awarded their 2018 Salem Peacemaker Award to Salem For Refugees, an organization founded by Anya and Doug Holcomb through Salem Alliance Church. Salem For Refugees is involved in many facets of a refugee’s settlement in Salem—from finding housing and work, to getting around town and integrating into their communities. The award was given during the Annual Salem Peace Lecture at Willamette University.
This is another exclamation point in the book that God is writing in the lives of the Holcombs, who had been working in Kosovo before circumstances forced them to return to Oregon. They write:
It was an honor to receive this award on behalf of all the volunteers, faith communities & organizations who have collaborated with us to make our city a welcoming place for refugees, and on behalf of our new refugee neighbors who contribute to this community in amazing ways!