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Liz Kaznak, Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith-and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, KRM was launched at Highland Presbyterian Church in 1990.

Rev. Liz Kaznak, KRM In 2010, KYRM kicked-off its 20th year with a new Executive Director, Rev. Elizabeth Ann Kaznak.

Liz Kaznak is an ordained Presbyterian minister, having graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1990.

She first served at Highland Presbyterian Church for 8 years, from 1990 through 1998. She also co-designed and led a new church development for Mid KY Presbytery from 1998 through 2005 called Covenant Community Church.

Rev. Liz Kaznak with Candyce Clifft Currently Liz is pastor of a 200 year old, rural church in Green County, KY, called Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.

When KRM started 20 years ago, Liz was on staff at the church where it was birthed. Over the years she was a church sponsor and volunteer until 2005, when she started working part-time for KRM.

In 2008 Rev. Kaznak became the assistant director of KRY and on January 1, 2010, she assumed the position of executive director.

Rev. Kaznak says she is, "humbled and grateful to be part of such an amazing ministry, accompanied by such a capable staff and courageous clients."

Rev. Liz Kaznak, KRM Liz is the mother of three, whom she says reminds her "daily to breathe!"

Since 1990, KRM has placed over 5,300 refugees, representing 36 different nationalities and ethnic groups including Liberian, Colombian, Vietnamese, Haitian, Cuban, Iraqi, Somali, Kurdish, Bosnian, Kosovar, Russian, Ethiopian, Romanian, Sudanese, Benadir, Barawan, Togolese, Congolese, Burmese, Karen, Burundi, Bhutanese, Afghani, Iranian, Ukrainian and Rwandan in various Kentucky communities. KRM resettles all refugees without regard to race or religion.

To learn more about how you can help the efforts of Kentucky Refugee Ministries, visit their website.

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