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Church Community Builds Beds for Refugees in Utah

It’s a bed that makes an enormous difference — an individual bed to sleep in as an alternative to a mat, a tarp or just plain dirt. After months, years and sometimes decades of wandering, of running, of confinement in refugee camps and of escaping, some very fortunate asylum seekers receive their first gift in Salt Lake City, Utah — a bed, complete with a mattress and a hand-tied quilt, as a symbolic beginning to their resettlement in the United States of America.

These beds come from Deseret Manufacturing, an arm of the humanitarian efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and arrive in a cooperative effort with the city’s Catholic Community Services, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Refugee Immigrant Center-Asian Association of Utah and the Utah Department of Workforce Services refugee office.

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