Friends of Refugees Inc
Rating: 4.82 stars 17 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, Food, Human Services, Immigration
Location: Friends of Refugees PO Box 548 Clarkston GA 30021 USA
Results: -- Strong presence in the community; people like us -- 500 lives impacted last year -- 8 programs expanded through increased funding, staffing and volunteering -- Expected continued growth in 2011
Target demographics: Refugees with significant resettlement needs; Low-income families; Children and youth
Programs: Summer Camp, Mommy and Me Family Literacy (English for mothers with small children), Cafe Clarkston (for computer and job skills training), After-School Tutoring, Community Garden, Food and Clothing Distribution, "Embrace" (birthing information and assistance).
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I have been involved with Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA since 2001 & have seen lives changed, especially mine, as a result of new perspective.
My wife & I have become lifelong friends with an Iranian family. We met them two weeks after they arrived; were there for the birth of their kids; and they spend most of the holidays with our family.
I made the trip to the airport to help welcome a Somalian family to the United States. Having lived in a refugee camp for 10 years before resettlement, the conditions they lived in were unimaginable to me. What an amazing opportunity to witness their first phone call from a cell phone---ever! Their first time seeing / using a washing machine...cooking in their own apartment...the feeling is pure joy to help someone by being a 'friend' & assisting as they assimilate to life in America.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
from developing some very strong friendships several families as well as learning from Ms. Pat, "Mother Teresa of Clarkston".
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Require a portion of the GA Lottery go to fund FOR.