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April 30, 2011


April 30, 2011

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.

The Great!

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from developing some very strong friendships several families as well as learning from Ms. Pat, "Mother Teresa of Clarkston".

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Require a portion of the GA Lottery go to fund FOR.

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3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Tutor a child behind in school.
Teach computer skills at the Clarkston Cafe.
Help a pregnant mom understand child birth in America.
Assist a refugee family with resettlement needs.
Help in our Community Garden.
Tutor a refugee in English. Volunteer