120 Stories: Day 105

“My name is Katie. In pursuing my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia, I had to choose an agency with which to complete an internship. I always knew that I wanted to get experience in refugee resettlement, so Catholic Charities Atlanta was on my list! The first day of my internship, I knew I was in for a fantastic year. The staff at Catholic Charities are some of the most interesting, passionate, and dedicated public servants I have ever come across. I have also been incredibly honored also to have gotten to know so many of our wonderful clients. As I look to finishing my internship in a few weeks, I know I will miss being part of such a talented team that is working hard to achieve a mission I believe in. I have learned so much about refugee and immigrant issues in the last few months, and I will carry this experience with me everywhere I go.”

CCA Intern

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

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