Supporting the efforts of refugee women and children to achieve self-sufficiency in the United States by providing education and economic opportunity.
About RFS. Refugee Family Services is a dynamic, community-based organization that has grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of the metro Atlanta refugee community for more than 20 years. We believe in helping refugees to meet their greatest potential, enabling them to realize their goals for a better life and to become productive members of the Atlanta community. Begun as a local branch of the Save the Children network, RFS now serves more than 2,000 women and children each year. Today, our 48 staff members speak more than 20 languages. In 2010, 500 volunteers donated more than 8,500 hours to our work.
Our Vision. Refugee Family Services envisions a society in which refugees can meet their greatest potential, enabling them to realize their highest aspirations for a better life and to become productive members of their new community.
Communities We Serve. We serve refugees in the metro Atlanta area, focusing on the women and children who are often left behind by other programs.
Did you know?
• Metro Atlanta ranks among the top ten recipients of new refugee among U.S. metropolitan areas. Tens of thousands of refugees have resettled in the metro Atlanta area since the first wave of Vietnamese came in the 1980’s.
• Refugees come from countries around the world, many of them “hot spots” of conflict or areas where concentrated refugee populations have lived in camps for years. Refugees often have experienced trauma or war, or have been deprived of basic needs and rights such as adequate nutrition or education.
• Women often face additional challenges due to cultural norms limiting women’s activities, a frequent focus on men’s employment during the resettlement transition, and lack of access to basic services caused by transportation, child care, or literacy barriers.
• Children face difficulties related to limited educational support at home, difficulty in adjusting to American schools and culture, or pressures to provide child care or other support (such as translation) to their family members.
Youth Services RFS Youth Services includes Youth Summer Camp, One-to-One tutoring, Youth Empowered for Success (YES) Program, Afterschool Program, and Pre-Kindergarten.
Women’s Programs The Domestic Violence Prevention Project, Family Literacy, Financial Literacy, Fire and Home Safety classes, and the Parents As Teachers (PAT) programs are all conducted by the RFS Women’s Program.
Civic Engagement The Georgia Refugee Policy Initiative and the Refugee Organizing in Action Network are both unique programs administered by RFS that support the larger refugee community of the metro Atlanta area.