The Clarkston Food Initiative is a strategic partnership between Friends of Refugees and other organizations in the city of Clarkston. We build upon existing efforts to connect those who have come to the U.S. as refugees to opportunities to grow and eat nutritious and culturally-appropriate food. We have grown in membership, and our reputation in Clarkston is growing as well. As we seek to develop more partnerships, we are in need of a logo with which to brand ourselves.
The Clarkston Food Initiative has been working on projects in the community that have increased the amount of space residents have to grow their own food. We've held multiple community events. We've published educational nutrition resources. The CFI has gained the trust and support of the community. With a logo, we will be able to brand our existing resources, and create signs and banners to show the community who we are. This will help solidify our place in the community, and continue to grow.
Friends of Refugees' mission is to empower refugees through opportunities for well-being, education, and employment.
Friends of Refugees serves 5,000 refugees each year in the Clarkston, Georgia area. Services provided through our programs include:
Refugee Family Literacy: provides English literacy education and life skills instruction for refugee women along with high quality early learning for their children under the age of 5.
Refugee Career Hub: provides employment assistance, training classes, networking support, job placement and computer/internet access to refugees in their search for employment.
Embrace Refugee Birth Support: provides pre- and post-natal education and support to refugee women who are pregnant or new mothers.
Summer Youth Camp: provides a summer camp for elementary and middle school students to experience arts and crafts, sports, academics, and field trips.
Youth Mentoring: provides students tutoring, access to computers and internet for projects, test preparation, group activities, sports, and mentoring.
Community Garden: provides garden plots and community space for refugees to grow food for their families and sell produce for personal income.
Start ME Clarkston: provides a business accelerator program encompassing training, mentoring, and access to funds to help launch new refugee-owned businesses.