Friends of Refugees Inc

Abundant life, flourishing communities

Clarkston, GA   |  www.friendsofrefugees.com

Mission

To empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr. Kevin Kipfer

Main address

Friends of Refugees PO Box 548

Clarkston, GA 30021 USA

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EIN

20-1989492

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Programs

The challenges surrounding a refugee’s unique circumstance contributes to academic stresses for children. Youth Programs empowers students to thrive with volunteers and community partners through academic support, social development and work-readiness skills, through after school programs and 8 weeks of summer camp

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The program provides family literacy education to empower refugee mothers and their pre-school aged children to thrive in their new American life. The program includes adult English classes, opportunities for the parents to engage in their children's education, and children's classes which prepare them for kindergarten.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The Career Hub is a computer/internet lab that serves the purpose of helping refugees find employment, create job resumes, learn essential job skills, receive on-the-job training, and learn basic to intermediate computer skills.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

This garden provides garden plots for over 100 families to grow food, a work readiness and mentoring program for high school youth, and educational programming for middle and elementary school children.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

This program supports pregnant refugee women and their families to have healthy, empowered, and culturally sensitive pregnancies and birth experiences. They match volunteers with pregnant women to help them navigate the US healthcare system. This program also provides classes which educate these women on childbirth in the US, baby care and breastfeeding, and women's health.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

A unique partnership with Emory Goizueta Business School, Start:ME helps launch 16 new businesses in Clarkston every year. We provide 14 weeks of intensive training with 30 skilled volunteer mentors.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Community Development Association 2020

Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies 2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Friends of Refugees envisions refugees experiencing abundant life in flourishing communities, and to accomplish this we operate multiple programs that provide opportunities for their health and well-being, education, and employment. Our approaches are shaped by our core values:

•Relationship. We believe that none can attain an abundant, thriving life alone. We partner with volunteers, community members, financial supporters, churches, foundations, businesses, and community development organizations to leverage our relationships in impacting the lives of refugees.

•Empowerment. Working with the vulnerable carries the risk of creating dependency. We focus on initiatives which offer a path to greater self-sufficiency. We create opportunities for accountable, supportive and effective decision-making. We provide environments where people are free to contribute not only to their own well-being, but also to the well-being of their families, neighbors and communities.

•Stewardship. We believe that maximum influence and benefit for refugees require excellence in programs, continual improvement by staff and partners, and delivery of unparalleled value in the way we manage all of our resources.

Our strategies focus on expanding our community impact and improving our effectiveness. We are expanding program capacity to engage more refugees in our community, and collaborating with a growing network of partners.

We are investing in improved processes, professional development for our team, goal setting and performance measurement for program effectiveness, and building development capabilities to help expand our community of financial supporters.

We employ 20 full-time staff, over 30 part-time staff, and hundreds of volunteers to deliver our programs. Our team includes a Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement to lead the recruitment, on-boarding, and orientation of volunteers. Across our programs, our staff have deep experience in the refugee community and have earned the community's trust and respect. Our staff includes people from 15 different countries, and collectively our team speaks 23 different languages. This enables us to build deep relationships and work in close collaboration with community members and partners.

We have accomplished our goals of expanding impact by serving over 5,000 refugees across multiple programs while investing in organization capacity for the future. We continue to grow our service capacity, including physical expansion for our employment, family literacy, and youth programs.

Financials

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Operations

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Friends of Refugees Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Reynolds

Jessica Graham

Marketing Consultant

Joe Breedon

Retired

Karen Reynolds

Philips Healthcare

Helen Shuford

Southern Company

Daniel Allman

Brian Chang

Doris Mukangu

Kevin Kipfer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/24/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/24/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.