120 Stories: Day 69

“The work that Catholic Charities is doing in the support of refugee children is aligned with Christian principles. These children need support to adapt to the new country in terms of the new culture, language and social skills so that they can become productive citizens and to minimize the suffering involved with the transition from their cultures. My wife and I have been mentoring two refugee children from Asia. The experience has been so gratifying to us. We are benefiting so much as human beings. Hopefully, we are making a difference in helping these children not to be so out-of-place.”

Edison
CCA Volunteer/ Mentor


About 120 Stories in 120 Days

In March 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Born Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  Among other things, this executive order was intended to halt the national refugee resettlement program for 120 days and dramatically reduce the ceiling for refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000. Although the travel ban was stopped by the courts, Catholic Charities Atlanta, created the 120 Stories in 120 Days Project in order to tell the stories of those individuals who have fled their home due to violence or persecution.

This project will tell 120 stories of clients, staff, volunteers, and community members involved with our resettlement program. Our hope is that these stories will humanize the refugee crisis, highlight the successes and the contributions that refugees make to their local communities, and help readers understand that our similarities far outweigh our differences.

In his address to Congress in September 2015, Pope Francis reminded us all to “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves…The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.” Catholic Charities Atlanta remains in solidarity with those we serve.

If you would like to donate to help Catholic Charities Atlanta continue our important work supporting refugees and immigrants, please click here: https://give.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/supporting-refugees-and-immigrants.

If you have a story to share, please contact Kimberly Longshore at KLongshore@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

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