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).
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.