Friends Annual Program for 2022:

“New Americans Refugee Services” with Kelli Dobner, Chief Advancement Officer for Samaritas
Thursday, May 12 at 7:00pm – watch the video

Kelli Dobner
The Friends of the Plymouth District Library were pleased to welcome Kelli Dobner, Chief Advancement Officer of Samaritas, speaking on “New Americans Refugee Services.”  Samaritas is one of the country’s largest providers of refugee services, resettling families from all over the world. This organization has committed to resettle 500 Afghans – families like yours – living in Michigan. The organization is also playing a vital role in supporting unaccompanied refugee minors and refugee foster youth.
Ms. Dobner presented about the role that Samaritas plays in helping these new American refugees connect with the families and communities that will empower them to live their fullest life possible.

Previous Years’ Programs

2021: Barbara McQuade, University of Michigan Law School professor and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, spoke on “Liberty, Safety and the Rule of Law.” (View video here.)

2019: Mark Wallace, President and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, shared some their triumphs, what is around the corner and long range plans for this ambitious organization.

2018: Ron L. Kagan, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Zoo shared what’s on the horizon for this state-wide treasure.

2017: The Friends welcomed Michele Hodges, President of the Belle Isle Conservancy, whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Belle Isle.