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Volunteer Spotlight – Wendy Gutiérrez Cheeks

We are excited to feature Wendy Gutiérrez Cheeks for this month’s volunteer spotlight. Wendy serves on the Advisory Council for New American Pathways (New AP) and was previously a board member for six years (2014-2020). She is a Director for Client Experience Management at BlackRock, an investment management firm headquartered in NY, and continues to support …

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A Commitment to Service

This month’s thought leader piece is written by Hana Johnson. Hana is a lifelong devotee to service and support for marginalized people. She has been part of the New American Pathways team since 2017 and currently serves as the Sr Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator. Previously she served two years as an AmeriCorps Member at New …

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The Ripple Effect of Women’s Empowerment


This month’s thought leader piece is written by Anastassia Hardy, Family Empowerment program manager at New American Pathways. She reflects on women’s empowerment and is delighted to join women and men worldwide, celebrating women’s history month. My name is Anastassia. I am a woman, a mother, an immigrant, and a professional agent of change. Women’s empowerment is …

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Women are the Bridge Between Civilizations

March is Women’s History Month and every woman has a story to share with the world. This month intensifies discussions on women’s rights, contributes to the achievement of gender equality, and emphasizes the contribution of women to the development of society. The history of the women’s movement is not just a story about women and …

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Volunteer Spotlight- From a Teacher to a Brother

We are excited to feature Sam DiSimone for this month’s volunteer spotlight. Sam has been volunteering at New AP for several years and we are so grateful for his dedication and passion for service. Sam and Mohamad, a former refugee from Burma, have been partnered together for English at Home tutoring for nearly two years. …

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The Power of a Citizen’s Voice

This month’s Thought Leader piece is written by Khadija Barati, a new United States Citizen. Originally from Afghanistan, Khadija and her two daughters resettled in Atlanta through the Special Immigrant Visa program in 2014. Khadija previously served with the United States Military in Afghanistan prior to fleeing the country for her and her family’s safety. …

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Rafael’s Story

Out of the 30 million people trafficked internationally, about 3.8 million are domestic workers. Rafael used to be one of those 3.8 million people, but after receiving his T-visa and connecting with New American Pathways, Rafael was able to begin making his dreams come true, starting with reuniting with his family. While Rafael currently lives …

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Nauru and Resettlement

Nauru is a tiny island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. It has been used by Australia for “offshore processing” for those who are fleeing their home countries and seeking asylum in Australia. The conditions on the island are incredibly difficult as refugees have lived in overcrowded tents, suffered from water shortages and an overall …

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Haifaa Bassout

Bassout Family Marwan Alshehabi, Haifaa Bassout and their children Fatima and Mohammad arrived in Atlanta in 2016 after fleeing civil war in Syria.

Bawi Family

Bawi Family The Bawi family was among the first families resettled by New American Pathways. Michael, Rose and sons Emmanuel and Peter arrived in 2015 ready for a fresh start.

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