120 Stories: Day 70
“I got into volunteering for Catholic Charities because I was disturbed last fall with some of the campaign rhetoric against immigrants. I began talking to people about it and my wife’s church suggested I look into Catholic Social Services if I wanted to work with immigrants. I felt like the best way to contribute my time and to be of service was to work with people first hand and to make immigrants feel welcome and that not everyone is ganging up and demonizing them. As a volunteer, I do employment orientation where I help explain American job culture norms to the clients and help expand their opportunities. I’m always impressed the positivity of the client base despite how difficult the transition to the U.S. is. I go home with gratitude knowing I get to be of service to immigrants and refugees adjusting to the U.S.”
About 120 Stories in 120 Days
The executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Born Terrorist Entry into the United States” halts the national refugee resettlement program for 120 days and dramatically reduces the ceiling for refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000. In response to this executive order, 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