Donna Craig founded Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM), EMM’s affiliate partner in Louisville and Lexington, in 1989. The organization resettled 25 refugees that year from an office run from Donna’s kitchen table. In the 23 years since, Kentucky Refugee Ministries has assisted nearly 10,000 people from over 40 nationalities.
Donna passed away on July 31st at the age of 65, leaving behind a host of grateful friends and admirers in the refugee community in Kentucky and beyond.
After leaving KRM, Donna spent the later years of her life leading mountain expeditions in Montana through the Sierra Club. She is survived by her four children and 11 grandchildren.
KRM has created a special memorial webpage in Donna’s honor; donations to the Donna Craig Memorial Fund will benefit KRM’s ongoing efforts to welcome and serve refugee newcomers in Kentucky.