Help Refugee Tailor Set Up Shop

$11,200 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 238 people in 22 months
Yaser walked with his wife and five young children from Aleppo, Syria to Turkey in a desperate effort to escape the violence of war.  After living in Istanbul, the family obtained a refugee visa from the United States and were resettled outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  They now worry about their ability to survive in an expensive foreign city where they don't know anyone, don't speak the language, and can't find jobs that pay a living wage.

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
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Laurel and I told Yaser and Barwin the terrific news about the GoFundMe account this afternoon! They are so grateful to everyone who contributed and asked us to pass along their sincerest thanks. We got paperwork together for a business entity to be formed here in Georgia (thanks, Dan!) and also picked a name for the new business: Morning Star Atelier. Barwin's name means Morning Star, and it's a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. Yaser can be reached for custom clothing and alterations requests at morningstaratelier@gmail.com, and he will have a space in which to meet clients very soon. More details to follow. Thanks so much for your support!
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WE DID IT!!! From the bottom of our hearts, Yaser, his wife Barwin, Laurel and I cannot thank you enough for your support. From as far away as Australia, you have shown kindness to a family that has been through enormous trials.

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. ❤️
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I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous response to this campaign! With 206 donors, we are a mere $270 from our goal. I am meeting with Yaser and his family tomorrow to talk about the business and would love to be able to tell him that we have met our goal. Every dollar and every share makes a huge difference. Thank you all SO much!!
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From Laurel Thompson: When B was a little baby, I used to cry on my way to work. Not because I missed, her, which I did, but because each day on my commute I would listen to the devastating news coming from Syria. It began with a small boy washed up on the shores of Turkey, descriptions of people so desperate for safety that they would pile into rafts, wearing non-functioning life jackets.

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!
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Cristian Cruz
22 months ago
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Please provide a way to contact him, I was just looking for a tailor and this is a wonderful way for one immigrant to help another

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Moga Hassan
21 months ago

Thank you so much for the great news!

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$11,200 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 238 people in 22 months
Created February 5, 2017
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Madi Nashid
9 months ago

beautiful family. Sending my love and prayers and i know things will work out in yaser and his family's favor eventually.

JH
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Johnie hillin
10 months ago

god bless

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11 months ago
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12 months ago
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16 months ago
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Anonymous
17 months ago

Best wishes on your new venture!

SG
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Sharon Greenbaum
21 months ago
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I wish you the best of luck! Your people have suffered horribly.

Cristian Cruz
22 months ago
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Please provide a way to contact him, I was just looking for a tailor and this is a wonderful way for one immigrant to help another

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Moga Hassan
21 months ago

Thank you so much for the great news!

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