Help Refugee Tailor Set Up Shop
Once a middle-class tailor, Yaser now works at a Mexican restaurant where he earns just $900 a month. The rent on his two bedroom apartment is $1,100 a month, and the six-month refugee subsidy from the U.S. government has now run out. Yaser is understandably terrified about the future of his family.
Yaser would like nothing more than to use his skills as a tailor to support himself and his family. Thanks to a generous donor, Yaser will be receiving an industrial sewing machine this week. He now needs a chance to establish his business in our community without having the impending threat of homelessness hanging over his head. Anything you can contribute to help welcome this family to our community would be greatly appreciated.
About the organizer: My name is Christine Cox and I am a longtime resident of nearby Decatur, Georgia. I recently befriended this family after meeting them through a mutual friend and I see them on a weekly basis. I am an avid sewer and knitter and can relate to Yaser's desire to earn a living with his tailoring skills. I can attest to the warm spirit and desire for self-sufficiency that are apparent to all who meet them.
About the donations: All donations will go directly to Yaser and his family to help them realize their dream of establishing a tailoring business here in the United States. Money will be spent on living expenses as well as supplies for the tailoring business as Yaser builds a customer base. Withdrawals from this GoFundMe will be deposited directly into Yaser's bank account.
In addition to contributing, don't forget to gather up those pants that need a hem -- I know the perfect person to handle those alterations!
Many thanks to Avery White for the photos featured in this campaign. To read more about Syrian refugees in Georgia, take a look at Avery's article, "Meet the Syrians Who've Taken Refuge in Clarkston, Georgia": https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/meet-the-syrians-whove-taken-refuge-in-clarkston-georgia
Yaser is ready to start working; we will be sorting out details with him this weekend and will share here as soon as we can. Stay tuned!
Thanks to each of you for spreading love, hope and peace. You have given Yaser and his family a chance at the American Dream that we all hold so dear. ❤️
At the time I could not tell you why I was so deeply affected by these stories. Suffering occurs all over the world, in some ways we are so overwhelmed by it that it becomes meaningless. But this crisis felt different. What "America First" means to me, is that we turn a blind eye to this tragedy--that we know the human suffering and yet refuse to extend a hand to help.
For the time being we cannot stop the violence overseas, but we are not powerless. There are a number of lucky families who have managed to make it to our shores, several of them just down the road from my home. Do they feel relieved to be here? Maybe a little, but in many ways arriving on US soil is the beginning of a whole new set of challenges. They are given assistance for only 3 months, after that they are expected to become fully self sufficient, and to repay the cost of their airfare to the US government. I can not imagine meeting these requirements in a foreign country, with no family, no transportation, not even the ability to communicate in English.
It has been one of the great privileges of my life to meet Yaser's amazing family of 7. It is his dream to own a sewing business, and through the incredible generosity of you, my friends, we have ALMOST met our goal of $10k to set him up. Please let's keep the momentum going and show these incredibly warm and generous people that we welcome them, we want them to be successful and continue to make our community a rich and diverse place!