GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Traverse City commissioners will discuss a resolution in support of bringing refugees from Ukraine to northern Michigan.
At the City Commission meeting Monday, commissioners will consider a request from Mayor Richard Lewis to approve a resolution in support of Bethany Christian Service.
Bethany Christian Service submitted an application to the United States Department of State to resettle refugees from Ukraine in Traverse City.
The request is for 2023 through the Department of State's Reception and Replacement (R&P) Program.
In the resolution request Mayor Lewis wrote:
Traverse City has long been home to a large population of Ukrainian-born citizens, and in light of recent world events, the need to resettle more Ukrainian refugees has grown.
There are currently 700 Ukrainians in Traverse City, according to Lewis.
Bethany Christian Services has been approached by Church World Services to expand its refugee programming for Ukrainian refugees.
If accepted by the Department of State program, the organization plans to serve 50 refugees from the Ukraine in the first year, 40 of which would have family members already here in Traverse City.
The Traverse City Commission meeting is Monday starting at 7 p.m. at the Governmental Center.
The full resolution to be discussed Monday is below: