Resettlement volunteer coordinator hired
By Joanne Flemming
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
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