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Indianapolis agency responsible for welcoming refugees to Indiana opens new facility

Posted at 7:59 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 08:19:29-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- An agency working to welcome refugees to central Indiana is expanding its efforts. 

Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.'s executive director Cole Varga says President Donald Trump's executive order hasn't made life easy for his agency.

For months, Exodus has been preparing an open house to introduce its new facility -- a 15,000 square foot space on Indy's near east side.

Varga said no matter what happens with the ban, Exodus' efforts won't wane. 

"We're going to continue our operations," he said. "We have an obligation to welcome refugees here."

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In 2016, Exodus was responsible for welcoming more than 1,000 refugees to central Indiana, including Josam Din Showa and his family.

"It's a beautiful and safe country," he said. "I like it too much."

He's one of several Syrians looking for a new life in Indiana who use Exodus' services, such as cultural classes for adults and children.

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"Here in the Hoosier state, we're known for our hospitality," Varga said.