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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

Kendra Jeffreys

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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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Summer Youth Experience

Through the Friends of Refugees Summer Youth Experience, we seek to nurture the development, talents, and skills of refugee youth and their families to be healthier and stronger together.

Summer Youth Experience provides programming to help prevent summer learning loss and improve both physical and mental health outcomes through academic support and engaging, trauma-informed fitness classes. We also seek to nurture student’s own talents and develop positive, supportive relationships with their peers and staff.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Children
Preteens
Refugees and displaced people

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
Infants and toddlers
Children
Adults

This garden provides garden plots for over 75 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
Adolescents
Refugees and displaced people

Promotes healthy births and healthy moms by offering accessible, comprehensive birth support services to Refugee women: evidence-based education; trained support to increase access to prenatal care and patient advocacy; postpartum “Mom’s Circles” calls and home visits; and training for Refugee women to provide
healthy birth services in their community.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Pregnant people

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
Self-employed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Community Development Association 2020

Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies 2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends of Refugees Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joe Breedon

Brian Chang

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Daniel Allman

Eastdil Secured

Katherine Clay

Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General

Dinah Lee

Glendale Community College

Lee Beth Burge

Accounting with Purpose

Manny Rodriguez

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Tamara Harper

HR Strategic Partner

Kevin Kipfer

Share It Forward

Helen Shuford

GA Power

Kendra Jeffreys

Ex Officio Director

Karen Reynolds

Student

Ly Douglass

AT&T

Greg Skowronski

CFO

Lauren Boden

Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education

Jim Bouchard

Retired

Alison LaForge

April Shaffer

SO Board Support Specialist, National Christian Foundation

Sharell Thomas

Total Rewards Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/24/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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.