Clients of the International Institute of New England will be at the Hancock Town Library to speak about their experiences as refugees coming to the United States, on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

The International Institute of New England has been welcoming refugees and immigrants to Massachusetts and New Hampshire for nearly a century. Throughout its 10 decades of service to New England, thousands of new Americans connected to the International Institute learn English, meet other new Americans, learn about the culture of their new country, gain job skills, and receive assistance in finding employment. Historically and today, the institute works with local communities to help refugees and immigrants find places to settle and restart their lives.

“Refugee Stories — In Their Own Words” is co-sponsored with the Hancock Congregational Church, and is free and open to all.