It seems 2016 has not been an easy year for anyone.
Then - just when hope seems lost - people like CU Denver Poli Sci majors Alexander Peck and Max Dalton - seem to put those fragile pieces back together.
Staff and volunteers at Union Hilfs Werk are tasked with perhaps one of the toughest jobs possible: to normalize life for their residents.
That kind of responsibility might be enough to scare people away, but not Max and Alexander; they dove right in, and when October came around, the dynamic duo spearheaded planning a Halloween party for the local residents that would rival even Heidi Klum's annual bash.
Integration is an important part of the work that is done at Unionhilfswerk and the people who work/ volunteer there try very hard to give the refugees living under their roof a normal life. In addition to the many day to day things they do, the centre also holds parties and festivals on major German holidays to help the refugees feel welcome and included.
That's when one of Germany's top news outlets took note.