Who We Serve
Since the early 1990’s, some 60,000 UN war refugees have begun their journeys as New Americans in Clarkston, GA, a small city located east of Metro Atlanta. With so many ethnic groups represented within and around the city, Clarkston has been called “the most diverse square mile in America” by the New York Times Magazine. 150 countries, 760 ethnic groups, and 140 languages can be found here.
But escaping war and violence in one’s homeland isn’t the end of struggle for New Americans: today, 40.1% of our community lives below the poverty line, while the Georgia average is 16%. 67.3% of Clarkston youth graduate from high school, but only 5% attend college, and of that 5% only 19.1% actually graduate from college.