Getting to know New Americans is an honor.  When we offer a warm welcome and wraparound support, we watch our community grow stronger in real-time. Anousheh is a great example of what this community-building looks like. An elderly woman from Afghanistan, she heard about Embrace’s Moms Circle gatherings and has been a regular attendee ever since. […]

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Abrihet* is a mother from Ethiopia who has attended our school for three years with her children. During class, our teachers noticed that her daughter might need extra support. They offered Abrihet the chance to do a screening. Abrihet was hesitant at first. Then, she spoke with our teachers, who listened carefully. The teachers shared […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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