LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Catholic Charities of Louisville resettles an estimated 700 refugees every year.
Leaders say it is important to welcome the refugees to the Derby City and also help them meet the law enforcement officers who patrol their neighborhoods.
Tuesday, the organization put together a Refugee Peace Walk at the Partridge Pointe Apartments in South Louisville, located at 3701 Dena Drive.
With what we're seeing across our nation and the globe, labels many say are easy to place on a certain group.
“The way to kind of overcome any stigma or barriers is to talk to people on a one on one basis,” Colin Triplett, Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Resettlement Director, said.
Triplett has helped thousands of families over the years move to Louisville. He says quarterly meetings with LMPD and other groups lead to forming a peace walk to show support for his clients.
“You can ask anyone in the community, the apartment, the police, the landlord – our clients are there to make their own communities safer,” he said.
From the Minnesota stabbings to the bombings in New York, Triplett says our new neighbors are hurting as well by these incidents that many blame on certain groups.
“It's important to remember that our clients are the victims of this kind of violence as well,” Triplett added
The South Louisville area he says houses many refugees and the peace walks are focused on safety and inclusion.
“Be open and willing to talk to the police if they see them in their neighborhood and to not have any stigma that they may have brought with them to the United States,” Triplett said.
The bottom line he says is acceptance for all should know no bounds.
Catholic Charities says regardless of certain incidents or stereotypes, the families it's helping deserve a fair chance at being embraced.
“Notice them as a neighbor and not as an “other” or a foreigner or a different element of the community,” he said.
For more information on Catholic Charities visit www.cclou.org.