School Liaison Joshua Htoo William Featured on WABE Coverage of DeKalb County Board of Commissioners World Refugee Day Proclamation
On Tuesday, June 11, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners recognized the contributions of refugees in Georgia and DeKalb County, and officially proclaimed June 20, 2013, as World Refugee Day in DeKalb County. RFS Executive Director Emily Pelton and School Liaison and Karen Community of Georgia leader Joshua Htoo William attended to show our support. Local NPR affiliate WABE did a short piece on the event and featured an interview with Joshua. Listen here.
AJC Op-Ed Features Local Leaders Speaking on Refugees in Georgia
On Thursday, May 2, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published a moderated opinion piece featuring two voices from our community: Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom and Brian Bollinger, Director of Employment Services at World Relief Atlanta. In a Q&A with Rick Badie, Mayor Ransom reflects on his evolving perspective on Clarkston’s demographics, and Brian offers a “conservative, evangelical Christian” argument for economic and moral support of refugee resettlement in Georgia. Read the full piece here.
Cathedral Antiques Show Check Presentation Ceremony Featured in Atlanta Daybook
On Sunday, April 21, Cathedral Antiques Show Co-Chairs Mary Elrod and Marion Williams presented a check for $285,200 to RFS Executive Director, Emily Pelton. Emily says, “When we began our work with the Cathedral Antiques Show, we never imagined the outpouring of support we have received from the Atlanta community.” Read the full story!
Joshua Htoo William Featured on CNN
RFS School Liaison Joshua Htoo William was featured on CNN demonstrating traditional Burmese cooking. Watch the segment here.
Cathedral Antiques Show Featured in Patch
Emily Pelton says “We feel very fortunate to be chosen as this year’s beneficiary” of the Cathedral Antiques Show! Read all about Cathedral Antiques Show in the Buckhead and Johns Creek Patches.
RFS Volunteer Devotes Her Life to Serving Refugees
Saya Ahmed, RFS afterschool volunteer and Iraqi refugee, was recently featured on 11alive for her dedication to helping political refugees. See the story here!
RFS Featured Nationally on CNN
On Saturday, January 7, CNN aired a story featuring Refugee Family Services! Reporter Julie Peterson introduced viewers to Mubonge Twachoka and his family, who fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived in Tanzanian refugee camps before settling in metro Atlanta in 2010. Click here to see the report and leave your comments on the CNN website.