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Friends of Refugees Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to care for refugees through relationships and opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment as they become contributing members of society.

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).

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I interned at this camp last year my junior semester. I developed so many relationships with so many kids. My passion is to do relief and development work fulltime. Scott and Tiffany are strong good people who open there homes to a lot of kids. It's my prayer and always have been that Friends of Refugees get the money they need and the headquarters to really help out the community and impact then like never before. If I could help out this summer, I would.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in a refugee resettlement office where I work to place new refugees in their first job in the USA. Friends of Refugees runs an internet cafe where they help make resumes for clients I refer to them. I have never seen an organization with such reliable and consistent volunteer infrastructure. When they say a project will get done, it gets done almost invariably and actually WHEN they say it will get done. That kind of consistency is so hard to find in non-profits. Additionally I work with them on the community garden they operate and it has been such an amazing miracle to see the steady flow of volunteers they attract that help the refugee gardeners have what the need and a safe and peaceful environment in which to get in touch with the very work of creation.