Volume 1, Issue 8
August 15, 2022
Fresh Start Khabar
Khabar, "news" in farsi, is Fresh Start's monthly newsletter. Have a story or photo of Fresh Start members making an impact? Please share them with our team and it will be included in the next issue.

Your generosity has given Fresh Start the ability to help over 425 individuals with direct resettlement efforts, employment search, and skill building initiatives. We would like to thank you for the continued support that has made this possible. We hope to continue these efforts as we strive to develop and implement more programs with our partners for the evolving resettlement needs of Afghan families. Whether you can help with linguistic needs, create resumes, line up jobs, or provide transportation, Fresh Start needs you! Visit our website and sign up to become a volunteer.
Community Education
NoVA RAFT & Fresh Start ESL classes at Ferdinand Elementary School and William Ramsey Rec Center
ESL Classes continue in partnership with NoVA RAFT and city of Alexandria. In July, the second cohort of over 50 students started the in-person courses. Thanks to the support from our generous donors and the City of Alexandria we are excited to share that the two new ESL classes include beginner and elementary level students.

Tech Weekend Distribution
A big thank you to the Church of Latter Day Saints Resource Center, NoVA RAFT and Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center volunteers for spending the day going through laptops and desktops to prepare them for distribution to local families.

Eid Al-Adha Picnic
In partnership with Islamic Relief USA, NoVA Raft, and Simply Global Education we hosted an Eid al-Adha picnic for over 225 newly arrived Afghan refugee families in Virginia on July 10!
This memorable event included activities such as soccer and volleyball, henna, dancing, mingling, socializing, and delicious food from YoPo's Cheesesteak.
Upcoming Events

In partnership with the City of Alexandria and NoVA RAFT we are having a Back to School event for the community on Saturday, August 20 from 12-6pm!

We will be distributing free school supplies to Afghan refugees.

Please register here: bit.ly/Aug20school
Afghan Adjustment Act
It's been one year since the collapse of the Afghan government and evacuation of the US troops from Afghanistan; however for thousands of Afghans arriving in the United States, their safety is considered only temporary without permanent residence. The US Government must keep their promise to the tens of thousands of Afghan Allies. We support and encourage Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act so that those who risked their lives for the US mission are safe and protected. bit.ly/PassAAA
Team Appreciation Event

Fresh Start Refugee Team
A moment to thank our case aides and project manager who have been hard at work since late March providing essential services to local resettlement agencies. 
Calling all Interns!
Fresh Start Refugee Center is expanding.
We are looking for an intern to join our communications and social media team. Interested candidates can send us a message using the link on our website.
Please consider donating to Fresh Start Refugee Assistance Center