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Back to School for Refugee Women: Charlotte’s Sewing School!

Persona Grata Goods sprang out of a sewing class for refugee moms. This sewing class started in a small apartment off Central Avenue with just a few students twice a month. Now, the Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School meets 4 days a week with many, many refugee students! One of the school’s co-founders recently wrote …

Syrian refugee mom and baby

SocEnt Mom: Friendship with a Syrian Refugee Mom

Photo by UK Department for International Development I’ve written before about how to help our kids avoid racism. One key to that is through friendships with those who are different from them. There’s nothing like playing soccer, competing in Uno or simply hanging out to build bonds that make the “different” seem not so unusual …

Sewing class for refugee women

Want to Stand with Refugees? Support Sewing Class!

This is a repost from the Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School blog, which is our sister organization and out of which our business sprang! If you’re wanting to show support for the refugee families which have been resettled in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, here’s a great way to do it. Every week, women gather …

When Being Generous is a Bad Thing

Photo by Mario Mancuso, Used under Creative Commons license If you’ve read this blog for a while, you are probably somewhat familiar with the principles in the excellent When Helping Hurts, by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. In summary, this book reminds us that we are to serve the poor with an attitude of mutual …