At our Young Professional Coffee Hour on June 14th, our guest speaker is Kaitlyn Ritchie. Kaitlyn Ritchie works with The Common Community, a program of The Spero Project, a local 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to mobilize the Church by offering entry points to partnering with under resourced communities. The Common serves as a resource to the international refugee community by offering tangible assistance and meaningful relationships.
This month’s topic is World Refugee Day. According to USA for UNHCR, 65.6 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. To learn more facts about refugees, read more here.
Kaitlyn Ritchie was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended the University of Missouri where she studied Social Work, Sociology and Communications. She received her Masters in both Human Relations and Counseling from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. She began working at The Spero Project prior to completing her Masters in the spring of 2015. The Spero Project is a non profit based in Oklahoma City that has several innovative projects all working in under resourced communities of our city. Kaitlyn is the Director of The Common, a program of The Spero Project that works specifically with providing tangible assistance and meaningful relationships to the resettled refugee community of Oklahoma City. Most recently Kaitlyn has founded The Common Home, a therapy agency specifically providing trauma informed, bicultural therapy services to the who have experienced displacement.
The United Nations Association of Oklahoma City is proud to host Kaitlyn Ritchie at our Young Professionals Happy Hour. It is on June 14th at from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at The Jones Assembly located at 901 W Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73106. There is no cost to attend. See you there! Please RSVP on Facebook.