As the world and its attention to the crises of refugees and displaced peoples contains to shift and change, this project will help us to ensure that those that want to make a difference and extend welcome to refugees can do so successfully. We want to help people become friends...of refugees. This project will help us achieve that goal better!
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.