Please take a moment today to invite Governor Deal to the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies World Refugee Day Commemoration event on Saturday June 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Refuge Coffee in Clarkston, GA.

Even if you personally are unable to attend please call Governor Deal at 404-656-1776 with the following message…… I am calling to encourage Governor Deal to show his support of the refugee community in Georgia by attending the World Refugee Day Commemoration event in Clarkston on June 17. Please ask the Governor to attend this important event.

After calling send an email to Governor Deal using the drop down topic of “Immigration”. Also feel free to leave blank or add your organization and relationship to organization. And do not click the button declining a response. If you get a response feel free to add it to the comments on this page.

Governor Deal,

Please join the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA) for World Refugee Day 2017 as Georgia commemorates and honors the vast contributions that refugees make to Georgia communities.

Welcoming refugees not only vital as humanitarians but also makes good economic sense for Georgia. In 2016, over $2.2 million was spent on client rent, filling a total of 872 formerly vacant apartments. CRSA agencies also spent over $327,602 in utilities for clients, over $261,810 on MARTA cards for clients, and over $1 million in general client support – including groceries, furniture, and household goods. The majority of these items were purchased from locally owned or operated businesses.

That initial federal funding support is quickly recycled in Georgia and In 2016, more than 1,000 new Americans found employment, with an average wage of $9.63/ hour. Among clients of refugee resettlement agencies, 91% were fully self-sufficient within 180 days of arrival in the U.S. – among the highest percentages in the nation. This shows the initial federal investment in refugees quickly pays off at the local and state level in taxes and economic growth.

Please join the refugee community at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday June 17 in Clarkston to show your support.

Thank You,

Your Name

 (Remember to change “Your Name” to your name.)