Monday, April 25th

  • 6:30 a.m.: Meet at Charlton Street
  • 6:45 a.m.: Depart for LGA
  • 9:44 a.m.: Delta flight 6194 departs for Louisville (SDF)
  • 12:24 p.m.: Arrive at Louisville airport
  • 1:30 p.m.: Check into lodging @1267 Willow Ave; lunch delivered to house
  • 2:15 p.m.: Groceries (snacks, breakfasts)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Orientation at Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) and hear from client speakers
  • 6:00 p.m.: Dinner out

Tuesday, April 26th

  • 7:15 a.m.: Breakfast at house, walk through Cherokee Park
  • 9:00 a.m.: Visit Elder Program (language and citizenship classes) and Family Program (for children of parents attending classes) at KRM
  • 11:00 a.m.: Lunch
  • 12:00 p.m.: Visit ESL Newcomer Academy, tour school, sit in on classes, meet with pen pals
  • 3:00 p.m.: Return to house
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner

Wednesday, April 27th

  • 7:15 a.m.: Breakfast at house
  • 9:00 a.m.: Volunteer at KRM Donation warehouse
  • 12:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.: Return to house
  • 3:00 p.m.: Meet with Sophie Maier, Immigrant Services Librarian, at Iroquois Library for overview of refugee resettlement and immigration in Louisville, intersection of race, refugee resettlement, and schools
  • 3:45 p.m.: Meet with Huda Kutmah (teenage Syrian refugee active in resettlement effort in Louisville) and other teenage refugee volunteers (Iroquois Library)
  • 5:30 p.m.: Dinner with Sophie, Huda, other volunteers at Little Jerusalem
  • 7:00 p.m. – Special screening of Salam Neighbor, a documentary about plight of refugees fleeing Syria (Iroquois Library)

Thursday, April 28th

  • 7:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.: All-day field trip to downtown Louisville with students from ESL Newcomer Academy: team activities (groups blended with Newcomer students) exploring past and present of Louisville.
  • Lunch downtown
  • 3:00 p.m.: Return to house
  • 6:00 p.m.: Dinner
  • 8:30 p.m.: Great Balloon Glimmer @ Waterfront Park (part of month-long Kentucky Derby Festival)

Friday, April 29th

  • 10:30 a.m.: Depart for Louisville airport
  • 12:58 p.m.: Depart on Delta Flight 6273 to LGA
  • 3:10 p.m.: Arrive at LGA
  • 4:30 p.m.: Arrive at 40 Charlton St.

City Partners and Contacts

Kentucky Refugee Ministries
969 Cherokee Rd. Louisville, KY 40204 502-479-9180
Paige Farris, Volunteer Coordinator
Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) assists refugees who have been legally admitted to the United States as victims of warfare or other forms of persecution because of their religious or political beliefs.

ESL Newcomer Academy
4081 W Market St. Louisville, KY 40212 502-485-6324
Gwen Snow, Principal
Scott Wade, English Teacher
The goal of the ESL Newcomer Academy is to provide a welcoming and respectful environment to meet the needs of sixth through tenth grade English language learners (ELLs) in the Jefferson County Public School district. All students at the academy are beginning English speakers, and most are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. Many of our students have had limited or interrupted educational experiences in their native countries. ESL Newcomer Academy students go to a different middle or high school with an ESL program after one to three semesters at the Newcomer Academy. Roughly two-thirds of students at the school are classified as refugees.

Iroquois Library
601 W Woodlawn Ave. Louisville, KY 40215 502-574-1720
Sophie Maier – Immigrant Services Librarian
The Iroquois Library provides programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities in Louisville, including language training, conversation clubs, job readiness, homework help and after school programs, cultural competency, and community building and outreach.