Project Worthmore (PWM) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of Denver-area refugees by providing welcome care and community support. Started by Frank and Carolyn Anello in early 2011, PWM began as a makeshift response to the unmet needs of our refugee neighbors. Through prior experience as part of a small group working with a refugee family from Burma, the Anellos were familiar with the vast needs in this community. Be it teaching use of public transportation, registering children for school, going grocery shopping, and/or teaching English, there was always more that could be done but not always enough people to help do it. Abandoning the needs of this community was not an option, particularly when surrounded by such abundance and resources to help ameliorate these problems. Increasing awareness of the existence of our refugee neighbors and their needs was an initial priority. Fundraising, recruiting teams from churches and schools, gathering and distributing donations, setting up apartments for newly arrived refugee families and coordinating family partnership teams all eventually became a part of this organization.
As PWM continues its work, it is the Anello’s hope that more people will become an active part of this movement that has bettered the lives of all those involved.