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Refugees the topic at Mt. Prospect prayer breakfast

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  • Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks welcomes community members, as The Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

       Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks welcomes community members, as The Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Keynote speaker Greg Wangerin of RefugeeOne talks to The Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council celebrating the National Day of Prayer with Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks.

       Keynote speaker Greg Wangerin of RefugeeOne talks to The Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council celebrating the National Day of Prayer with Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Russ Bechtold of the Northwest Assembly of God, left, chats with Rev. Dan Durbin of St. Mark Lutheran Church, during the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council National Day of Prayer celebration with Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks.

       Rev. Russ Bechtold of the Northwest Assembly of God, left, chats with Rev. Dan Durbin of St. Mark Lutheran Church, during the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council National Day of Prayer celebration with Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Ken Johnson of the Lutheran Church of Martha & Mary, performs the closing prayer of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council National Day of Prayer celebration with Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks.

       Rev. Ken Johnson of the Lutheran Church of Martha & Mary, performs the closing prayer of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council National Day of Prayer celebration with Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana K. Wilks.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
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Mount Prospect celebrated the National Day of Prayer today with its 13th annual Community Prayer Breakfast.

The event is organized by Mayor Irvana Wilks with the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce and the Interfaith Council. It was held at Victoria in the Park.

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This year's keynote speaker was Greg Wangerin of RefugeeOne, an interfaith agency that creates opportunities for refugees.

RefugeeOne, founded in 1980 in Chicago, is a not-for-profit organization that provides a full range of services to refugees resettled in the Chicago area by the U.S. State Department. The majority of its services are provided to refugees displaced from their homelands due to war or persecution. Every year, it helps hundreds of refugees find housing, learn English, acclimate to American culture, learn job skills, obtain medical care, and address other needs.

One of our hallmarks of the prayer breakfast is to seek out variety and diversity in the cast of speakers. Last year's keynote was delivered by Rod and Jan McKenzie, who started HigherUp Ministries, to help residents in the village's Boxwood Drive neighborhood.

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