Refugees

It was about 10 o’clock in the morning and I was bundled up because it was below freezing. The fire department was winding up their hoses and the police were starting to pull away. I walked through the rusty gate of the apartment complex, past...

Our pastor recently shared some wisdom that’s worth sharing: “Inexperience doesn’t excuse inaction.” Inaction due to inexperience. I feel like that’s how most of our country responds to immigrants – especially refugees. We don’t have any frame of reference for their language, clothing, customs or...

I received one of my favorite texts of all time the other day from one of our Associates that graduated in May. “Hi Miss Stephanie. Hope you are doing well. I have a victory this week. Can you please write it and put it on...

I ran into my intern this morning on the way into the building. We chit-chatted the normal Wednesday morning small talk. But I didn’t make it to the stairwell before I got stopped. An unknown refugee had dropped her two kids off in the childcare...

A few weeks ago, my daughter’s third grade class visited the community center where VTC offices. They brought home goods for a service project and met the VTC Associates (Sidenote: Parents, teachers and Center staff all agreed - one of the best service projects ever)....

photo by Chris Barbalis A few weeks ago, we asked our fans what they want to know about refugees. They responded with some great questions and our Associates were gracious enough to open up honestly about their experiences. This is the first post in a series of insights...

I sat down with the Associates intending to talk to them about Mother’s Day. How they celebrate in America. How they celebrated in their home countries. How being mothers affected their decision to come to America as refugees. What it was like living with their mothers-in-law...

After scouring the Vickery Trading Company website, I was struck by the idea of an Associate, Forat, sewing a bikini. A bikini?!?! Forat. With the head covering?!?! Forat. Huh. When I mentioned it to Stephanie, she suggested I talk to the women about their head...