NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that the Fostering Dignity for Refugees program was named a Merit Finalist award recipient in the 2016 Community Partnership Award competition.
The program works to improve the quality of life of refugees in the Denver metro area by providing all-inclusive social and culturally relevant medical, mental health and dental services, as well as a speech clinic, food share program and ESL classes conveniently located in one place called the Mango House. Fostering Dignity for Refugees was created when Project Worthmore (PWM), which provides a welcoming hand of support and services to the growing number of refugees in the Denver area, forged a unique interdisciplinary partnership with Ardas Family Medicine in 2014. "The partnership between Project Worthmore and Ardas Family Medicine has been an exceptional collaboration," said Frank Anello, co-founder of PWM. "Our goal is to remove obstacles for the refugee community by offering a full range of services at a single location and by including community members as employees. It's a much-needed model of support and integration that is creating an open, tolerant and informed dialogue around the country about the refugee experience and immigrants at a time when our country needs it most."