About the Coalition

Georgia Refugee Community is the official blog of the Georgia Coalition of Refugee Stakeholders. The goal of this site is to provide news and information about the local organizations that serve refugees.  Community Events, Announcements, Newsletters and local Program Openings are among the types of information that can be submitted here.

To submit material for publication on the Georgia Refugee Community blog, contact Michael Singleton (michael.singleton@dhs.ga.gov) or Phillip Gladney (david.gladney@dhs.ga.gov).

                                                          Core Mission

To coordinate Public and Private resources in a manner that encourages effective refugee resettlement and promotes refugees’ economic and social self-sufficiency and well being as quickly as possible after arrival in the United States.

                                                              Purpose

  • Plan and coordinate the appropriate placement of refugees in advance of their arrival.
  • Serve Refugees, Asylees, Cuban and Haitian Entrants, Certain Amerasians from Vietnam, Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking and Others as authorized by law.
  • Coordinate cash and medical assistance with support services.
  • Provide for the care and supervision of, and legal responsibility for, unaccompanied refugee children in the State.
  • Provide that assistance and services will be provided to refugees without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex or political opinion.

                                                     Guiding Principles

  • Ensure the successful use of cash and medical assistance to encourage effective refugee resettlement through employment and economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.
  • Ensure that language training and employment services are made available to refugees receiving cash assistance, and to other refugees.
  • Ensure coordination of public and private resources in refugee resettlement in the State.

GCRS holds quarterly meetings and past minutes are listed below:

November 8th, 2012 Part 1

November 8th, 2012 Part 2

November 8th, 2012 Part 3
November 8th, 2012 Part 4

January 24th, 2013

April 25th, 2013 Part 1
April 25th, 2013 Part 2
April 25th, 2013 Part 3

October 24th, 2013 Part 1
October 24th, 2013 Part 2
October 24th, 2013 Part 3
October 24th, 2013 Part 4

January 23rd, 2014

April 17th, 2014

April 24th, 2015

October 15th, 2015

January 28th, 2016

 

Alphabetical Listing of Coalition Members

 Asian American Resource Center

2855 Rolling Pin Lane
Suwanee, GA 30024
P. 770-270-0663
F. 770-270-0979

www.aarc-atlanta.org

The Asian American Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen and improve the self-sufficiency of metropolitan Atlanta’s Asian American and immigrant community through the provision of social, educational, and health services.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Asian American Resource Center

 

 Atlanta Technical College

1560 Metropolitan Pkwy., SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
P. 404-225-4527

www.atlantatech.edu

Atlanta Technical College provides English Language Instruction.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Atlanta Technical College

 

Catholic Charities Atlanta

680 West Peachtree Street,NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-881-6271

www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

Catholic Charities Atlanta is the faith-based not-for-profit that helps families and individuals in north Georgia transition from adversity to self-sufficiency.  We provide access to accredited social services that meet specific needs, and do so with respect and compassion.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Catholic Charities Atlanta

Center for Victims of Torture – Atlanta

2295 Parklake Dr., Suite 434
Atlanta, GA 30345
470-545-2776
Fax: 678-615-3141

www.cvt.org

The Center for Victims of Torture is a non-governmental human rights organization committed to healing the wounds of torture and stopping torture worldwide. We rebuild lives by providing healing services to survivors of political torture and their families. Our staff has extensive training and experience in providing culturally competent services within an inter-disciplinary model. Our Atlanta clinic provides psychotherapy, social services, and care coordination at no cost to qualified clients.

The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS)

Main Office
3510 Shallowford Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
770-936-0969
 
COSMO Health Center
6185 Buford Hwy., Bldg. G
Norcross, GA 30071
770-446-0929

www.cpacs.org

CPACS is the first, largest and longest-standing service-providing agency focused on Asian Pacific Islanders in the South.  CPACS mission is to counteract problems faced by immigrants, refugees, and racial-ethnic minorities by creating and delivering culturally competent and comprehensive social and health services.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

CPACS

 

Clarkston Community Center

3701 College Ave
Clarkston, GA 30021
404-508-1050

www.clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

The Clarkston Community Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that started as a grassroots movement in 1994 to preserve the old 1920s Clarkston High School  and turn it from an eyesore slated for demolition into a community center that maintains historical architectural integrity and now meets the needs of an under served population.

The CCC mission targets long standing residents and newcomers by creating an environment where a very diverse community is welcome, can learn from one another and together strengthen the community as a whole. The Clarkston Community Center is a place for Clarkston and DeKalb residents to come together for art, education, recreation and community building.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Clarkston Community Center

 

DeKalb Co. Board of Health Refugee Services

445 Winn Way
Ste. 150
Decatur, GA 30030
404-294-3818
www.dekalbhealth.net/hs/refugee-health/
 

The Refugee Health Screening Program is designed to eliminate health-related barriers to successful refugee resettlement. All of our services are provided utilizing appropriate linguistic access and cultural sensitivity. Some of the services provided to newly arrived refugees during the domestic health assessment are: follow-up of conditions identified during the overseas medical examination; evaluation and diagnostic services to determine current health status and health problems, referral for follow-up of identified health problems; education about the availability, expectations, and appropriate utilization of health services; and finally, linkage to  primary health care, dental, mental health, and numerous social and health-related services in the community.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

DeKalb Refugee Pediatric Clinic Information

DINQ African magazine and Admas Radio

2791 Clairmont rd., Ste. #128
Atlanta, GA 30329
404-394-9321

www.dinqmagazine.com

DINQ magazine and Admas radio are medias that are serving the Immigrant community in Atlanta area for the past 6 years. We focus on social and health issues.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

DINQ African magazine and Admas Radio

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

5745 Buford Highway, Ste. 200
Doraville, GA 30340
404-297-9522   ext. 4000

www.gptc.edu

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College adult education program is one of the largest adult and international literacy programs in the state.  Programs and services offered include adult basic reduction (ABE), GED preparation and testing, English literacy programs (ELP), and citizenship education (EL/Civics) and are offered at 18 convenient locations throughout the four-county service area.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, a unified system of technical education, custom business and industry training and adult education. Our programs use the best available technology and offer easy access to lifelong learning for all Georgians. This system is part of a seamless education process for Georgia in which students can transfer credits efficiently as they advance from secondary schools to technical colleges and to the colleges and universities within the University System of Georgia.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Georgia Piedmont Technical College ESL site information

Global Growers

Clarkston – Decatur – Stone Mountain

http://www.GlobalGrowers.net

Global Growers Network connects international farmers who now live in Georgia to agriculture, by growing good food, training farmers, and creating economic opportunities. We work primarily with metro-Atlanta’s refugee community, made up of people who have been forced to flee their home countries due to war, genocide and persecution. Many were farmers back home.

Global Growers works with more than 230 international families from multiple refugee and immigrant cultures. Together, we grew almost 75,0000 lbs (retail value $250,000+) of culturally appropriate produce through our network of gardens and farms this year. Growers in the network feed their families, build community, earn supplemental income, and prepare for careers as independent family farmers.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Global Growers Network

 

Harmony Refugee Services

3700 Market St, Building B
Clarkston, GA 30021
770-222-6622

www.harmonyrefugeeservices.org

Harmony Refugee Services provides holistic mental health services to refugees in the Clarkston, Georgia area.  Harmony is a program of Family Intervention Specialists (FIS).  FIS is a core service provider for the state of Georgia and works with children and families in 19 Georgia Counties.  We offer a wide variety of services to meet the needs of our clients and are constantly striving to both engage the community and enhance our services. We provide individual and family therapy, community support, psychiatry, support groups, and play therapy, and always provide interpretation if needed.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Harmony Refugee Services

Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta

4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA  30338
770-677-9300

www.YourToolsforLiving.org

Guided by the wisdom and values of our tradition, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta provides health, career and human services to support and enhance the well being of individuals and families across all ages, faiths, cultures and lifestyles.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta

Lutheran Services of Georgia

1330 W. Peachtree Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-875-0201

www.lsga.org

Description:
Lutheran Services of Georgia is a social service agency which combines the resources of staff, financial donors, various governmental agencies, volunteers, and Lutheran congregations in its efforts to bring quality programs and services to the people of Georgia.

Mission Statement:
Bringing Hope, Healing and Strength to People in Need

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG)

New American Pathways

2300 Henderson Mill Rd, Ste. 200
Atlanta, GA 30345
404-299-6099

www.newamericanpathways.org

New American Pathways is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that helps refugees from the moment they arrive in Georgia through their journey to U.S. citizenship. With a comprehensive set of customized services, steady guidance, and strong advocacy, we enable refugees and other immigrants to realize their full potential and dreams as they build new lives in Georgia.

Beginning with resettlement services and by keeping a strong focus on jobs, education, cultural integration, individual and female empowerment and building strong families, our specially designed programs provide proven pathways to self-sufficiency and success. By matching peoples’ unique individual assets with the opportunities available in the community, we help ensure that these new Americans develop and contribute their special skills and talents to strengthening the American workforce and helping Georgia thrive.

Oakhurst Medical Center

5582 Memorial Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
404-298-8998

www.oakmed.org

Oakhurst Medical Center provides affordable, accessible, quality primary care services to ethnically diverse patients and their families. As a grassroots medical option for the underserved and uninsured, Oakhurst saves the county and state money by providing primary care to those who would typically seek help in an emergency room setting for non-emergency problems. It continues to be the healthcare safety net for Dekalb County.

 

Refugee Family Assistance Program, Inc

5405 Memorial Dr, Suite 101
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
404-296-8743
 

Refugee Family Assistance Program (RFAP) strives to facilitate the social and cultural adjustment of refugees and immigrants in GA through “Education, Social Support and Economic Opportunities”

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Refugee Family Assistance Program Inc

Refugee Women’s Network

1431 Mc Lendon Dr. Suite A
Decatur, GA 30033
404-437-7767
www.riwn.org
 

Vision of RWN is that, RWN is a catalyst that empowers refugee and immigrant women to reclaim their collective voices and reach their full potential through active participation and taking leadership roles in their local, national and international communities.

RWN’s mission is to enhance refugee and immigrant women’s strengths, skills and courage through it’s leadership training, education and advocacy to promote independence, self-sufficiency and networking among its participants.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Refugee Women’s Network

SAGAL Radio Services

Main Office and Studio
4151 Memorial Dr., Ste. 204F
Decatur, GA 30083
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 831791
Stone Mountain GA 30083
404-299-0528

www.sagalradio.org

Sagal Radio Services builds community by engaging, educating, and empowering new Americans through radio programming broadcast in their native language.

Sagal Radio Services is a community-based non-profit organization which broadcasts weekly radio programs in English , Somali, Swahili, Amharic ,Afaan-Oromo and Bhutanese-Nepali. By providing programming in these native languages, Sagal Radio empowers newcomers to overcome the challenges of life in American society and become healthy, active, and informed members of their communities.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Sagal Radio Services

Somali American Community Center, Inc.

436C N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
404-296-1308

www.somaliaccatl.org

Somali American community center is a 501C nonprofit organization founded in Atlanta, Georgia by the Somali scholars, elders, women, business people and religious leaders. We serve as umbrella to all other Somali NGOS. Our mission is to seek and provide service to the community; integrate to American society; and adjust life in America through distinct programs and projects. Some of these programs include but not limited to advocacy, education, health, self sufficiency, employment, conflict management,  interpretation and immigration services, senior citizen services, after school programs, crime prevention, women issues, refugee case loads,  and neighborhood watch.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

Somali American Community Center Inc

State Refugee Health Program:

2 Peachtree Street, 12th floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-657-6715 or 404-463-3459

http://health.state.ga.us/programs/refugeehealth/index.asp

The mission of the Refugee Health Program is to oversee and facilitate health screening for refugees resettling in Georgia in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, and ensure that that all refugees who enter the state of Georgia are screened for communicable diseases within a thirty-day time frame.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

State Refugee Health Program

World Relief

655 Village Square Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
404-294-4352

www.worldrelief.org/atlanta

 World Relief is a faith-based non-profit which seeks to serve the most vulnerable individuals and communities through partnership with local churches. With 23 offices across the U.S., World Relief staff and volunteers help thousands of refugees – victims of war and persecution – replant their lives in the United States each year.

For more detailed information about this organization, click on the document below:

World Relief

  1. July 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Special thanks are due to the Interagency communication team from the GA Coalition of Refugee Stakeholders who thought through and built this site:

    Frances McBrayer of Catholic Charities
    Katie Foster of RRISA
    Kay Trendel of Lutheran Services of Georgia
    Laura Johnston of Refugee Family Services
    Ruqiyyah Nu’Man of One Economy

  2. Michael Saenger, MD
    July 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Grady now has a primary care clinic for newly arrived complex medical and mental health care of Nepali speaking adults (Bhutanese Refugees). The clinic is located downtown within Grady’s International Medical Center. Please contact Michael Saenger, MD for more information: mssaeng@Emory.edu

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