Paving the PathAs we gear up for a whole new year, we pause to thank everyone for their incredible gifts in 2016.  
 

Highlights from 2016

Thanks to our staff, supporters and community partners, we witnessed huge milestones and unprecedented success in 2016. All along the pathway, we served more than 5,000 new Americans!

Below are just a few highlights from fiscal year 2016, and you can read many others in our annual report:
  • We resettled 502 refugees
  • 93% of these families were fully self-sufficient within 180 days of arrival
  • 188 new Americans applied for citizenship
  • Youth in our afterschool programs increased an average of 1½ reading grade levels
  • 1,285 volunteers donated a total of 12,029 hours of service
  • Working with our partners, we registered 4,979  new Americans to vote at naturalization ceremonies

Keep Refugees Welcome in Georgia

The Georgia General Assembly began their 2017-18 session with a list of anti-refugee and anti-immigrant bills scheduled to come up over the next few months.  As a supporter of refugees in Georgia, your voice is critical to help stop legislation like this. Please sign up here for the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies’ (CRSA) Action Alert emails to get updates on our advocacy work for refugees.

Join the New Americans Celebration

Please join us at the Capitol on March 7, 2017 for the New Americans Celebration! This celebration is an annual event at the Capitol hosted by the CRSA, which represents 14 refugee and immigrant service agencies in Georgia.

Every year, we spend one day at our State Capitol, telling our leaders about the important, positive contributions new Americans bring to their communities. Everyone is welcome, but an RSVP is required. Learn more and sign up for the New Americans Celebration at this link.

A Day ON

While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was a day off for many, for many on our team, it was a day ON – in service.
  • Our AmeriCorps team spent the morning visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights, being inspired by leaders the world over in human rights. Then they visited Books for Africa, where they helped sort and organize academic books for elementary and middle school students.
  • Communications and Policy Coordinator Stephanie Ali worked with our partner group at Lutheran Services of Georgia as they held their annual Day of Action. Stephanie spoke to a room of over 100 refugee advocates about potential anti-refugee legislation at the state level and how they can become better, more engaged advocates.

Join Our Team

We have two open staff positions: Immigration Specialist (must speak Spanish) and Service and Resource Coordinator. The coordinator supports our AmeriCorps program and coordinates in-kind donations. To learn more, please see our web site.
Thanks to our supporters who have gone above and beyond to make this past month successful:
  • Local clothing retailer Rabble and Rouse held a year-long fundraiser, where proceeds from the sale of their “Immigrant” t-shirt were donated to our work. The campaign raised over $800.
  • Finders Keepers held a cooking supply drive over the holidays to help stock our Basic Needs closet for new arrivals.
  • The Atlanta Ballet donated 33 tickets to their performance of the Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. It was an amazing first theatre experience for many of our afterschool students and young women in our Young Women's Leadership program. 
Our greatest needs are new, unopened packages of socks and underwear (all genders and sizes). 

If you can help, email Resource Coordinator Jayme Hogan-Yarbro. See more needs on our Wish List and Amazon Pages. 

Note: We are NOT accepting spring and summer clothing throughout the winter season.

Fact Corner

Here are some quick facts about how our amazing donors rocked our end-of-the-year drive!
  • Individual donors for our annual end-of-year campaign have given over $48,500 to support our work.
  • During our holiday gift drive, donors gave over 6,000 individual items – including toys and household essentials.
  • That’s more than $7,700 worth of gifts that made refugee youth and their families feel welcome this season!

Reclaiming Georgia's
Legacy of Love 


By Paedia Mixon
CEO, New American Pathways


A reporter from New York recently came to Atlanta and interviewed me about our work in refugee resettlement. I was delighted to share with her the many successes that refugees have found in Georgia, and to explain Georgia’s long history of welcoming and integrating refugees.

The reporter responded with obvious surprise, noting that many of her viewers would be shocked to hear that Georgia is a welcoming place for refugees.

I don’t blame her or her viewers for feeling that way – after all, the Georgia General Assembly session began just last week, and a number of state leaders have already introduced multiple anti-immigrant and anti-refugee bills. In the current political context, and with the complicated history of the fights for civil rights in our part of the world, it’s not hard to understand why folks outside of Georgia might think us unwelcoming.

For the past twenty years, I have had the privilege of working alongside my fellow Georgians to welcome refugees and support them on their journey to citizenship. I have countless stories of amazing resilience on the part of refugees, and most of these stories feature hardworking Georgians opening their hearts and homes to people in need.

While Georgia’s history on inclusion is complicated, our state has been at the forefront of social justice work and humanitarian service in many instances.  Georgia is the home of two Nobel Peace prize winners and was the cradle of the civil rights movement. We are home to institutions like the CDC, Care International and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. As important as these institutions are, it is the value that everyday Georgians place on resilience, hospitality and service that makes this a great place for survivors of persecution and war to rebuild their lives.
 
Read more of Paedia's story here

The refugee youth we serve in our Bright Futures afterschool program send a HUGE THANK YOU for the amazing holiday gifts they received from their new community!

Santa Jayme Rides the Holiday Welcome Wave

New American Pathways’ Resource Coordinator, Jayme Hogan-Yarbro, coordinated her second holiday drive for the refugee youth we serve – and it resulted in the most successful drive ever!

Having conducted last year’s holiday drive, I knew to expect an outpouring of support and participation from friends of New American Pathways when we kicked off the 2016-17 drive. What I didn’t expect was to have enough to give each child the organization serves (around 450 youth) at least one holiday gift. Not only did the children served by our Bright Futures afterschool programs in four schools receive gifts, but the kids served by our Resettlement and Family Engagement departments did as well!

With over $7,700 worth of donated items, even more faith-based organizations, community groups, friend circles and individuals contributed to our holiday and winter item donation drives than last year—a feat I never imagined!

As always, our good friends at Oak Grove UMC (with their representatives Hank Woolard and Phil Perry) donated upwards of 200 gifts to our holiday drive. (Pictured below from left to right are Phil, his daughter, Hank and me).



Also our supporters at The Packaged Good donated over 150 gift bags for refugee youth. 



Even our good friend Brad Myers and his team from the CDC donated over 40 dozen cookies to New American Pathways to help cater the afterschool holiday parties.



For more from Santa Jayme, click here.

This Alternative Break Group had a blast setting up an apartment and helping in our afterschool program.

Volunteers of the Month:
Central Michigan University Alternative Break Group

During the last week of December, New American Pathways had the pleasure of hosting an Alternative Break Group from Central Michigan University (CMU).  This group of 12 students served with us over a two-day period, helping to set up an apartment for a newly arriving refugee family, organize our storage unit, and even assist in our afterschool program!

Read about CMU's experience here

CALENDAR
January


21 Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women 
New American Pathways is proud to be a community sponsor of the Atlanta March. Join the march at 1 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights to show your support for social justice in Georgia.

21 Volunteer Orientation 
Become a part of our volunteer team by visiting for a volunteer orientation to be held from 10:45 am to 1 p.m. Contact Mary to RSVP at volunteerengagement@newamericanpathways.org.

26 Volunteer Orientation
Become a part of our volunteer team by visiting for a volunteer orientation to be held from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Contact Mary to RSVP at volunteerengagement@newamericanpathways.org.

March

07 New Americans Celebration
Come be a part of our annual advocacy day at the State Capitol. RSVP Required. More info and RSVP can be found here.
 



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