Sapendo che un rifugiato ha cambiato la mia vita per sempre

Understanding and helping the refugee children population
Refugee girl in the playground

Because of knowing a refugee, an American becomes a social worker to help the refugee children population, changing the course of her own life.

Understanding and helping the refugee children population

Growing up in an upper-middle class suburb of Jacksonville, I lived in constant ignorance of the refugee community in our city. Quindi, in the fall of 2013, I enrolled in a course entitled “Colloquium” This course, taught by Dr. Leslie Kaplan, focused on understanding and helping the refugee children population.

This course forever changed my life. As a result of the brief encounters I had with refugee children, I decided to become a facilitator for the Colloquium course, which gave me further opportunities to interact with the refugee community. I also began volunteering with Lutheran Social Services, from which my fondest memory is of tutoring refugee middle-school students. It was inspiring to see their determination and hope firsthand.

Changing my major to social work to serve and be an advocate for the many refugees in this country

Because of volunteering, I changed my major to social work so that I could serve and be an advocate for the many refugees in this country. During my final year at UNF, I interned at Project for Healing, a small nonprofit that provides mental health counseling and wellness programs to refugees in the Jacksonville area. It is here at Project for Healing that I encountered a client who will forever be a reminder of my time working with refugees.

Insieme, we worked towards helping this client understand how to take the city bus to the client’s medical appointments. With a language and cultural barrier between us, I learned a great deal of patience and respect. I worked to build trust and rapport with the client and while doing that, I helped the client to gain independence and confidence. The client helped me to learn the same lessons I was trying to teach the client, and I will forever be grateful for the unspoken respect and trust between this client and myself. This experience reminds me that smiles are universal.

In onore della giornata mondiale del rifugiato 2017, USAHello is collecting stories of how refugees make our lives better.

USAHello believes newcomers make our country a better place. Reinsediamento non è solo la cosa morale o etica da fare – gode di noi e le nostre comunità pure. Queste storie da individui intorno alla Mostra di paese come sapendo, insegnamento, lavorando con, e forse la cosa più importante, essere amici con, i rifugiati hanno migliorato la vita degli americani.

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Circa Katherine Parker
As a graduate of the University of North Florida with my Bachelor’s in Social Work, Katherine Parker now in the process of applying to the Florida State University for her Master’s in Social Work.