Paving the PathThis month of Thanksgiving, we celebrate family, embrace traditions, and ask you to help keep the American Dream alive.

#Raise4Refugees on Georgia Gives Day

Georgia Gives Day calls for Georgians to “give where they live” by donating to a local cause. This year, help us keep the American dream alive as we, more than ever, need your support to #Raise4Refugees

See this video about our work.

Help us reach our campaign goal of $15,000 to help welcome new Americans in Georgia. The first $5,000 we raise will be matched through a generous gift from the Byrans Family Foundation. Welcome refugees this Georgia Gives Day!

Secret Santa Begins

Our annual holiday favorite Secret Santa program is in full-swing! You can make the holiday season special for one refugee child, or family, by donating new toys or household items to be given directly to refugee families in Georgia this December.

Simply visit our Amazon Wishlist to order items or to take a suggestion and pick items up locally. For more details – including suggested giving and local item drop-off locations – check out our web site.

PAT Team Wins Awards

Our Parents as Teachers (PAT) team accepted the National PAT Losos Prize for Impact at the PAT National Conference. The prize was awarded to our team for making a noticeable impact in the refugee community, and for representing those communities on the team itself.

Our program also won "Blue Ribbon Affiliate" status – something only 14 other programs received across the nation this year. We are so proud of this life-changing program and the hard-working women who run it!  

Celebrating New Voters

While the 2016 Presidential Election did not end with the result many new Americans may have hoped for, we at New American Pathways are proud of all of the new Americans who registered and turned out to vote this election, helping to set records in Georgia.

Along with our partners, New American Pathways helped register over 4,500 new Americans to vote in 2016, some of whom shared what it was like to vote for the first time ever. In the past week, many of these new voters have come forward, feeling that their votes had little to no impact on a federal election result that could lead to negative changes for them or their families.

But your voices mattered. Let’s look at the local victories. To read about how your voice made an impact, read more on our web site.

Join our Team

Want to help make Georgia a more welcoming place for new Americans? Learn about open positions and how to apply on our web site.
Thanks to our supporters who have gone above and beyond to make this past month successful:
  • St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church began their co-sponsorship of a newly arrived refugee family by setting up an apartment for their family.
  • A group of students from Emory University's Clairmont Campus helped set up an apartment for a newly-arriving family.
  • Friends at McKendree United Methodist Church donated 67 hygiene kits for families, to ensure some of our highest-need items are met.
Here are our top in-kind donation needs this month:
  • Winter accessories, including scarves, hats, gloves, and coats
  • Thermal underwear and steel-toed work boots
  • New unopened packaged socks and underwear: All Sizes
We are no longer accepting spring and summer clothing as we prepare for cooler weather.

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

Fact Corner

This month, as we focus on togetherness at the holidays, many of you have asked how you can help support refugees in Georgia. Here are some things you can do now: 
  • Give: Georgia Gives Day is this Thursday, Nov. 17. Help us raise $15,000 to support our work to welcome refugees in Georgia.
  • Volunteer: Our volunteers are the backbone of our work. Sign up for an upcoming volunteer orientation by contacting Mary Cash at volunteerengagement
  • Advocate: The best way to combat false information, is with correct information. Use our resources to build your knowledge. CRSA 2016 data will be available soon.
  • Ask Questions: Our Communications and Policy Coordinator is here to help you answer your questions. Contact Stephanie Jackson Ali at s.ali@
  • And, if you aren’t registered to vote, register online here.

Thanksgiving in America The train to Mannheim

By Bishop Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Turkey with all the trimmings, long beautiful tables stuffed with loved ones and nose-filling aromas come to mind when the subject is Thanksgiving in America.  Although, I have to admit my American Thanksgiving has been improved by my wife's international dishes: curry goat, rice and peas, yams and jerk chicken!

Gatherings around this special meal prompt reflections, silent or spoken, individual or collective.  Hearts swell with gratitude for life, health, hope, community, safety and opportunity.  The memories of relatives and friends who have died come especially close to us at these meals.  At these times, families pray, tell stories and use sacred texts to mark this special occasion and meal. In these profound moments, soaring awe and deep gratitude present themselves.

​When I think of awe and gratitude, I think of Psalm 8.  The Psalms don’t require us to join a religion or recite a creed.  They don’t ask us to renounce or decide anything.  They just sing their experience into the air, searching for someone, anyone, to say Yes!  Amen! I like to say the Psalms are the first published rap music!

Read the rest of Bishop Wright's thoughts on Thanksgiving here

For many New American Pathways staff, Thanksgiving means mixing foods from their tradition with those of their new American home.

Thanksgiving Traditions

When your staff is made up of over 50 different people, from 15 different countries who speak nearly two-dozen languages, Thanksgiving traditions are bound to be fun – and delicious.

Several international members of the New American Pathways team were kind enough to share their plans for the holiday – some of their favorite foods, traditions, and high points of the day.

Employment Specialist Carole Simon says she’ll be staying home this Thanksgiving, but is expecting a house full of family and friends. She will prepare a little extra food for those who do not have a place to celebrate, and of course, for those who decide to join in on the festivities a bit last minute.

To read more of our staff's Thanksgiving traditions, click here.

Marisa Bass is a current case management intern with the Resettlement and Resource Navigation Department. She is obtaining her Bachelors of Social Work from Georgia State University. 

Grateful for My New (American Pathways) Family

The first time I walked into the office at New American Pathways, I was greeted with love and compassion. I was grateful to be treated like family. Being new to the case management field, I was truly grateful for the patience and knowledge the case managers bestowed on me with the million questions I had – and honestly still have!
The experience and expertise these case managers have is so enlightening, and definitely a motivation for me to continue to build my knowledge and skills as a soon-to-be social worker. Case management is filled with massive amounts of paperwork, tons of coffee, and a whole lot of compassion.

To read more of Marisa's story, click here

Interested in interning with us? Find more information on our web site.

Students of The Galloway School returned for their second year of service in the Clarkston community, helping to make Georgia a welcoming place for new Americans. 

Volunteers of the Month:
The Galloway School

For the past two years, students from The Galloway School have spent part of their time serving, and learning, in the Clarkston community! The excursion was designed to give Galloway students an opportunity to impact their community with greater understanding, action and compassion.

For The Galloway School's story, click here


17 Georgia Gives Day
Support newly arriving refugees in Georgia with your donations to New American Pathways. Give through this special link

19 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

30 Volunteer Orientation
Become a part of our volunteer team by visiting for a volunteer orientation to be held from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Contact Mary to RSVP at

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