Some call Clarkston the "Ellis Island of the South." In this small city, located 11 miles northeast of Atlanta, immigrants and refugees from over 60 countries live and work together. More than 60 different languages are spoken in the one square mile that makes up downtown Clarkston. Since 2007, over 16,000 refugees have arrived in Georgia, with more than 2,300 resettled in Clarkston.
This influx of people from all over the world has transformed Clarkston from a sleepy, unassuming Southern city to one of the most diverse communities in the United States. Clarkston's kaleidoscopic community has become a leading example of the joys and frustrations facing our rapidly diversifying nation.
Donations from our community are essential in order for us to provide excellent programs for the families we serve. We are a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax-deductible and acknowledged in writing.
Volunteers are an essential part of our program! We have a variety of opportunities: helping in classrooms, tutoring English, and gathering and distributing supplies. Volunteers can come for an hour several times a week, or stay for a couple of hours one day each week.