Highest Aspirations Podcast, S01 E19 Empowering Refugees and Newcomers - Refuge Coffee
What gaps exist between resettled refugees and their communities and how might we go about bridging them? How can the simple act of spending time with one another in a common space help break down barriers? Why is it so important to move toward an asset based approach with newcomers and what they bring to our communities?
In this episode, we are joined by Kitti Murray and Walt Anderson of Refuge Coffee. They talk with us about how Refuge is empowering refugees to use their many gifts to help create a vibrant community in Clarkston, Georgia - a town that has been called the most diverse square mile in the United States.
By pursuing their goal to provide employment and job training opportunities to resettled refugees, creating a unique, welcoming gathering place in Clarkston, and telling a more beautiful refugee story to Atlanta, Refuge Coffee is on a mission to bridge the opportunity gap, the hospitality gap, and the awareness gap. We discuss all that and more in our conversation with Kitti and Walt.
- Refuge Coffee's Website
- Conor Williams's article in The 74 about Clarkston and Refuge Coffee
- Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for Truew Belonging and the Courage to Stand Out, by Brené Brown
- Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, by Gregory Boyle
- Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, by Scott Belsky
- I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
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