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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.



Save the Date!

Join RFS on April 22nd for Breaking Bread Together at the Piedmont Park Conservancy!

The event is a gathering for friends of RFS and RRISA to celebrate Parent Engagement in our community and present the Refugee Champion Award to Mr. Robert Moseley for his tremendous support of parent engagement and his community leadership.

For more information and to register, click here!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for Breaking Bread Together, Macy’s!

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RFS and RRISA are Merging!

Transforming for Greater Community Impact

Click Here for More Information


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Join our team!

RFS is looking for great people with a passion for serving others to join our team!

Staff Positions (click on the job title for a job description and information on how to apply):

Finance Manager

Accounting Assistant

Internships (click on the job title for a job description and information on how to apply):

Development Intern - Summer 2014

Executive Intern - Summer 2014

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With your gift, you can help refugee women and children thrive in Atlanta!



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With $8, you can buy an English dictionary
for a refugee mom.

$30 provides a Hope Kit for a refugee woman fleeing domestic violence.

$50 buys an ESL Kit for a refugee woman learning English through our Family Literacy Program

$100 provides mentoring, life skills development and leadership education to a refugee high school girl through our Young Women’s Leadership Program.

$150 can send two students to RFS Summer Camp
for a week.


Donate now! We’re a registered 501c3 and 100% of your gift is tax deductible.

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