From empty stockings to empty backpacks

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Each holiday season, Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) sets up “Santa’s Village,” where Atlanta families that qualify for public assistance can shop for toys for their children. Recognizing that it had unutilized capacity in the non-holiday months, it began looking for ways to use its capabilities for greater impact year-round. In …

Strategic partnership helps refugees

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In an innovative partnership, three local refugee-serving organizations are working smarter together. Catholic Charities of Atlanta, International Rescue Committee and New American Pathways all serve international refugees coming to Atlanta, but with wide differences in approach and programmatic focus. However, each organization faces common logistical challenges tied to housing, securing in-kind …