NorthLake: To welcome oppressed and displaced people as they seek a new home in Atlanta, to provide critical academic help to young students, and to transform lives and communities by teaching healthy responses to conflict.
All Saints: Refugee Ministries is rooted in the transforming relationships that develop between parishioners and newly-arrived refugees in the Atlanta area.
About the Site:
Northlake: The small city of Clarkston, just 6 miles from the Emory campus, is home to thousands of refugees from around the world who have been displaced by war, famine, or ethnic/religious “cleansing". Students choosing this Contextual Education site will experience a unique opportunity to interact with and impact this refugee community’s youth by involvement in a midweek program where middle school youth receive academic tutoring, enjoy recreation and group building activities, and learn conflict transformation skills. Site work will take place Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
All Saints: We are connected with refugees from Bosnia, Vietnam, Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and other countries. We are partners with Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries) and the International Community School (a DeKalb county charter school). Located in Clarkston, GA, students will have the opportunity to build relationships with refugee families, parishioners, and community leaders. Students will engage in theological conversations and direct service in order to enhance their understanding of the challenges facing the refugee community and the demands of building intercultural and inter-religious friendships. Students will help welcome a refugee family to the U.S. and will offer hospitality in communion with All Saints' volunteers through helping furnishing an apartment and addressing the family's needs in the first few weeks after their arrival. Site work will take place on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.