Refugee resettlement has been taking place in the state of Oregon for decades. For the past 30 years refugees who were forced to flee their homelands, and were chosen for resettlement in the state of Oregon, were initially resettled in the Portland metro area. Due to the rising costs of housing in Portland, agencies began to expand resettlement to the city of Salem at the end of 2015. There was an overwhelming response of support and volunteer efforts throughout the city. In October 2016, Salem Leadership Foundation hosted a series of lunch meetings called “Welcoming Our New Neighbors.” The purpose of these meetings was to bring together the various groups and organizations that were seeking to care for refugees and explore how the efforts could be coordinated. At the end of these meetings, Salem For Refugees was formed in order to continue the collaboration in caring for our new neighbors! Salem For Refugees is a growing network of community members, businesses, government organizations, non-profits, resettlement agencies, and faith communities who are committed to empowering refugees to thrive in Salem.