A lack of communication about incoming refugees, coupled with a feeling that outsiders were controlling the destiny of a community, apparently is ending a refugee resettlement effort in Hagerstown, Md., according to information from a rural Hagerstown resident and news reports available on the Internet.

Dan Dearth, a journalist with the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, reported on Sept. 29 that the Virginia Council of Churches intended to begin reducing staff at its local resettlement office within days and would close its doors for good by Dec. 7.

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