Paving the Path: This month we thank everyone who helped make 2015 a success for our newly merged organization and for new Americans in Georgia. Our supporters and advocates went above and beyond all year – especially over the holiday season.  

Syrians in the News

We began the New Year with some great news – Governor Nathan Deal rescinded his order barring Syrian resettlement in Georgia. Thanks to everyone who added their voices in calling for acceptance of all refugees.

Last week, our CEO Paedia Mixon joined Mayor Ted Terry, CARE USA, and Sagal Radio on the Center for Civic Innovation Social Studies panel to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and its impact in our state. Above, Paedia speaks during the panel event.

Shortly before Christmas, one of our Syrian families was featured on CBS46 telling their story of resettlement in Georgia. Louisa from our beloved All Saints’ has a cameo as well!

Tell Your Success Story at the Capitol

On behalf of the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies, we invite you to the New Americans Celebration on February 10, 2016. This event is the CRSA’s day of education and outreach at the Georgia State Capitol for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them. Over 200 volunteers will be meeting at the Capitol to speak to legislators about why they support refugees in Georgia – and you can add your voice! Information and registration can be found online

A New Legacy for Refugee Education

We want to send a huge thank you to long-time supporter Bonnie Kallenberg and all of her staff at Finders Keepers locations in Avondale Estates and Decatur. At their holiday party this December, Bonnie’s staff surprised her with a legacy gift. They honored Bonnie, an advocate for education and refugee causes, by establishing the annual Bonnie Kallenberg Scholarship for Refugee Education.
We had an incredibly successful fundraising effort in December, thanks in large part to the following donors:
  • The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation gave $45,000 over 3 years for our Education and Youth and Vocational Counseling Programs
  • The Harland Charitable Foundation gave $25,000 over two years for our Bright Futures Afterschool and Summer Camp Program
  • The Imlay Foundation and Cohen Family Foundation each gave $25,000 for our Vocational Counseling Program
  • Thalia and Michael C Carlos Foundation gave $25,000
  • The Journey Charitable Foundation gave $7,000 for our Family Literacy Program
  • McMaster-Carr Supply company gave $5,500
  • The Barrow Family Fund gave $5,000
  • The Kessler Family raised over $3,800 at their MAJiK Ice Skating Fundraiser 

Wear Your Heart on Your Shirt

On December 18, International Migrants Day, Atlanta-based internet retailer Rabble and Rouse announced that all proceeds of their “Immigrant” shirt through 2016 would go to support the work of New American Pathways. The shirt, which is meant to inspire conversation about America’s immigrant-rich culture and history, is also intended to express your support of new Americans. You can get your own shirt at this link. Beware: the site does feature some adult language. 

Save the Date

Mark your calendars! Our annual Breaking Bread Together luncheon will be held on April 14, 2016. This event is a celebration of our wonderful volunteers, who make a critical impact on our work. More details for the event will be coming shortly, so stay tuned. 
Here are our top in-kind donation needs this month:
  • Hygiene Items: We are in need of full-size hygiene items for new arrivals, including: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant.
  • Cleaning Supplies: We need cleaning supplies for every room, especially kitchens and bathrooms, to support new arrivals.
Keep up with our most pressing needs on our Wish List and Amazon pages.

Interested in donating your car, truck, motorcycle – even your motor home – to New American Pathways? We work with CARS to do the heavy lifting. Here are the details.

Fast Facts

Our focus this month is on those who made the holidays brighter for new Americans. Here are a few more highlights from our 2015 holiday season:
  • Overall, we collected over $6,900 worth of toy donations – enough to ensure every child in each program received at least one toy, and that we have remaining toys for new arrivals this winter.
  • Including other in-kind donations during holiday giving, we collected over $17,000 worth of items that will directly go to support new Americans in Georgia.
  • Oak Grove United Methodist Church and The Galloway School both went above and beyond with giving. Not only did Oak Grove give individual presents, but also $1,000 to purchase other items of need, such as shoes and gift cards. Galloway gave a plethora of toys, and their students hand made blankets for new arrivals.

NOW is the Critical Time to Call Your Senators

In November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, The SAFE Act, which adds more layers to the already thorough vetting process for refugees and specifically targets Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  On Wednesday, January 20th, the Senate is set to vote on the SAFE Act. Your senators need to hear from you RIGHT NOW as decisions are being made on the SAFE Act and other bills targeting Syrian refugees. We have a simple, easy-to-follow guide on our site that lays out how to contact your senators and tell them that you are a constituent who opposes this legislation.

4D Service Learning at The Galloway School

In this month's Thought Leadership Corner, Scottie Belfie, upper level French teacher and service learning leader at The Galloway School provides her insight on what service learning has meant for her students. 

At the Galloway School, we appreciate the opportunity to partner with New American Pathways (NewAP) in some small ways to support the phenomenal works of compassion that NewAP performs daily. For us, it is humbling and inspiring to get just a glimpse into NewAP’s selfless, optimistic and bold service – it is the ultimate patriotism to understand who we are as Americans – open, tolerant, generous and hopeful.

The innovative approach to teaching and learning at the Galloway School is called “4D Learning”: We strive to foster a culture of curiosity that is Daring, Deliberate, Dynamic Discovery.  More than just “buzzwords,” it means that we intentionally value fearlessness in our teachers and our students, that we challenge our students to think deeply and critically about relevant topics, that we encourage students to have ownership over their learning so that it is meaningful and impactful and, finally, that we expect our students to be comfortable being uncomfortable sometimes as they seek to ask the tough questions and dig for deeper understanding. They are motivated to keep looking around the next bend with passion.

Learn more about service learning and its impact on our web site.

Thanks for A Season of Tremendous Giving

New American Pathways Resource Coordinator Jayme Hogan-Yarbro looks back on her first year collecting in-kind donations for new arrivals this past winter - and all the community members who made this holiday season a huge success. 

This year, the dedicated friends and supporters of New American Pathways got in the holiday spirit by giving to our organization and donating volunteer hours and in-kind items. With over 5,000 items given, a record number of faith-based organizations, community groups, friend circles and individuals contributed to our holiday and winter item donation drives.

One of the most exciting aspects of working with New American Pathways during the holiday season is Secret Santa. Each year, we collect gifts for students in our three afterschool programs – about 140 kids! Each afterschool site hosted their own party for students to receive their gifts, and each child received a bag full of individualized gifts plus cookies donated to New American Pathways by Brad Myers and our friends at the CDC.

Many community members came together to make the holidays bright for our students and their families. Students and parents of The Galloway School donated over 400 wrapped presents, and made sure there were gifts for every age range!  Longtime friends The Paideia School also participated in the fun and Don and Janet Watson (below), a lovely local couple, were our own Mr. and Mrs. Claus – they gave over 100 items themselves! Oak Grove Church (above, repreented by Hank Woolard) donated not only tons of presents for the kids, but they also delivered a generous check to ensure that no one was left out this holiday season.

Children’s gifts weren’t the only items donated to our organization this winter. Throughout the season, we collected coats and winter items to keep our clients warm. Thanks to the wonderful people at Finders Keepers Consignment, Georgia State’s College of Education and Human Development, and Engel & Volkers, we were able to collect and distribute over 350 winter items to our new American families.

With Syrian arrivals in the news this winter, many donors wanted to focus on our 

clients’ basic needs. Kristin Moody and her friends donated hundreds of items, including over 15 boxes of diapers, along with notes of support for the refugee community. The Ismaili Community (above) donated 125 backpacks filled with school supplies, and the Georgia Chess Association also donated backpacks – as well as 100 hygiene kits for children and adults. Turner Broadcasting and The Galloway School both donated dozens of blankets – a much-needed item this winter.

Service was also on the minds of many this holiday. Students from Florida International University came by for a day of service as part of their Alternative Winter Break. They helped sort in our clothing closet and took time to write letters of support for refugees to Florida Governor Rick Scott. Alternative Break students from Florida State University (left) weren’t far behind. These Seminoles spent a long weekend serving New American Pathways and the community – including delivering donated gifts to new arrivals. We were also visited by members of Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Church who helped set up an Apartment for a newly arrived family. The Capitol Group also held their own apartment set up, first collecting items to fill the apartment for a new American family.

As the Resource Coordinator of New American Pathways, I was able to witness first-hand the tremendous outpouring of support shown to the refugee community during my first holiday season at the office.  Coming into work during the holiday season barely felt like work at all because I was surrounded daily by colleagues, donors and community members whose main goals were to help welcome our new American families through the act of seasonal giving. Thanks to everyone who made this year so special!

Louisa Merchant of All Saints' Episcopal Church Atlanta (center) never lets a moment of outreach pass her by. Here she is at the airport introducing some basic English to a newly arriving refugee family that the church is co-sponsoring.

Volunteers of the Month:
All Saints' Episcopal 

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is one of New American Pathways’ longest-serving faith partners. Their phenomenal refugee ministry has been running for 25 years, since the early 90’s when a parishioner was inspired to help Bosnian refugees. All Saints’ helps newly arriving refugees adjust to life in America through co-sponsorship, where a faith or community partner works with New American Pathways to welcome a newly arrived family and help make their first months after arrival easier to navigate.

Louisa Merchant is the coordinator of the ministry. She heads up a team of 75 active volunteers who help in various ways with each co-sponsored refugee family – from collecting furniture and basic needs to setup the family’s apartment, to welcoming them at the airport when they arrive, to helping them learn English, and more! 

To read more about the work of Louisa and All Saints', read the rest of the story on our web site.




21 Volunteer Orientation 
To be held at the New American Pathways office from 5:45 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Contact Teni-Ola Ogunjobi to sign up at 

30 Volunteer Orientation 
To be held at the New American Pathways office from 10:45 a.m.- noon. Contact Teni-Ola Ogunjobi to sign up at 


10 New Americans Celebration 
Join us at the State Capitol for our annual day of outreach. Registration is required. Information and sign up can be found here


14 Breaking Bread Together
Save the Date for our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon. More information, including ticket sales, will be coming shortly.  

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