Volunteer Story: Refugee Women Inspire Lizzie

Lizzie was 13 when she first learned that women in Afghanistan weren’t allowed to go to school under Taliban rule. From that early age, she resolved to support Refugees, especially women. For awhile, she thought that would mean traveling abroad. Lizzie continues, “Then Kabul fell, and a lot of people were suddenly Refugees and traveling […]

100 Million People Displaced Worldwide

At the beginning of June, I marked the end of my first year with Friends of Refugees. When I came, I knew that coming alongside New Americans was a larger, more important task than ever. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of refugees and displaced people worldwide doubled. I could never have imagined that this number would […]

Flourishing Friendships: Megan and Merry Pai

Creating abundant life and flourishing communities grows with meaningful, mutual friendships. It was this desire to connect with Refugees and see them thrive that created Friends of Refugees in 1995. Even in the midst of our programming to equip New Americans, we never want to lose sight of human connection.  It’s one of the reasons […]

A Place of Welcome for Refugees in Clarkston

A place to gather is so important for New Americans. Hospitality is of high importance to so many of the cultures represented in Clarkston. Many of our programs need more space to grow as well. That’s why we’re so thrilled to have a Hospitality House to offer to the community now! We’ve been in the […]

Refugee Recipe Celebration 2022

In honor of World Refugee Day, join us for a day at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on June 18. Refugee cooks from several countries will demonstrate international recipes in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen. Sample recipes from Africa, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Connect with members of our team, and enjoy performances by […]

Every Little Bit Does Count

Recently, we learned about two very empathetic young members of our Clarkston community who took it upon themselves to make a difference for Refugee youth this summer. By piecing together their own savings from chores and holidays, they came to their parents with a generous contribution that their parents matched. We met with their mother to […]

Obed’s Dedication to Embrace

One of the most unique and important elements of Embrace is the vibrance of our staff and volunteers. We have always intentionally partnered with Refugee community members out of the belief that we can only grow from collaborating with people of different cultures. Everyone at Embrace has learned something powerful from our partners, and every […]

Aku’s Journey with Embrace

Reliability and continuity are two of our core goals at Embrace Refugee Birth. Early on in our mission to support and advocate for Refugee mothers during the birthing process, our current vision became very clear. We have always known birth cultures are nuanced and incredibly diverse, but working alongside Refugee women through our years at […]

How the Women at Embrace Empower Us

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” -Barbara Katz Rothman Mother’s Day at Embrace Refugee Birth Support is one of our most special times of the year. While we know mothers are loved and valued everyday within […]

5 Ways We’ve Learned to be a Friend

Friendships are vital to building an abundant life, especially during a time as confusing as these last few years. The pandemic has made it trickier for all of us to maintain relationships. Luckily, we have found simple, fun ways to cultivate new friendships and maintain existing ones! Here are 5 easy but mighty ways that […]