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Utah's Refugees See Increased Community Support On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Many are responding to an invitation from the LDS Church to participate in a new effort to help refugees. The church has launched a new website,, and Utah Refugee Center executive director Deb Coffey told the Deseret News that her phone has been ringing off the hook. "I've got people all over the state doing service projects," Coffey said. "My phone is blowing up; my email is blowing up. It is unbelievable what's already happening." We talked about refugees and Utah in December, when Gov. Herbert was the lone Republican governor to say his state would accept Syrian refugees. We’ll talk about refugees again today in the wake of this groundswell of energy on this issue.

 

 

Our guests include Natalie Gochnour, associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber; Andrea Radke-Moss, professor of history at BYU-Idaho; Randy Williams, former volunteer and now Board Member of the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection; Jon Cox, Communications Director for Gov. Herbert.

Online Resources for ways you can help:

www.jobs.utah.gov/refugee

http://www.ccsutah.org/

iwasastranger.lds.org

www.cacherefugee.org

http://www.uw.org/211/

International Rescue Committee

http://www.elc-cv.org/

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.