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June 15, 2001 Issue
Local News

Resettlement volunteer coordinator hired


By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

Crystal Delwiche is the new volunteer coordinator for the Green Bay Diocese's refugee resettlement program. She will work with parishes to promote more volunteer involvement with the program.

The diocese has four, five-person groups of volunteers, working with refugees, Delwiche said. The goal is to increase that base to 100-150 volunteers.

Committees of 10 to 12 oversee resettlement of refugees by sponsoring parishes. These committees find housing, provide transportation, help with English and welcome the new arrivals. The diocese expects to resettle Bosnian and Somalian refugees in the coming year.

Delwiche, a native of Brussels, graduated from Southern Door High School and Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College where she earned an associate degree as an administrative assistant. She worked for American Family Insurance.

In May, she received her bachelor's degree in journalism with a public relations emphasis from UW-Oshkosh. She has been a free-lance writer for local newspapers, including the Oshkosh Northwestern.

A member of Sacred Heart Parish, Oshkosh, Delwiche applied for the volunteer coordinator position because her "Catholic background is a very important part of who I am" and because she wanted to "go home at the end of the day and feel like I made a difference in someone else's life."

She volunteered with the Salvation Army's "Toys for Tots" program and served as United Way campaign chairperson on her previous job.



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