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Ramadan Mubarak

Many of the refugees that we interact with regularly are Muslims. For those friends, a very important month has just begun – Ramadan! Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims centered around fasting, charitable giving, self-reflection and prayer. For those 29 or 30 days (depending on the lunar calendar), Muslims fast from all food and drink (yes, even…

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The PLACE Hours and Services

Have you been by The PLACE yet? If you haven’t brought your refugee friends to check it out, make a point to stop in some day and explore the resources and opportunities that exist in our new community center. Along with free Wi-Fi and plenty of hot tea, there are materials for helping people learn English,…

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Naw Paw’s Story

Some of you may remember reading in a past newsletter about Naw Paw and our Storybook Project. We are now in the final stages of editing and back translating her story into Karen before sending everything to the printer. We were surprised when her husband presented us with beautiful illustrations (pictured above) to accompany her story, and are…

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An Education in Grace

A picture of Grace

Grace Kayesu is a 26-year-old Congolese woman from Uganda. Along with her 8 siblings, Grace came to the US in August of 2021 after losing her parents in Africa.  When she was resettled in Amarillo, Grace was interested in going to college, but was told she should focus instead on getting a job at JBS, a…

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Brick and Elm Feature

screen shot of feature in magazine

RLP and The PLACE were were featured in the March/April edition of Amarillo’s fantastic Brick & Elm magazine. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can still check out the article online for free. Just click here to start reading!

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Kindness is the Cause

Matador drink from Palace

Have you tried the cause latte of the month over at Palace Coffee? A dollar from every cause latte purchased goes to Refugee Language Project during the first quarter of 2022. January’s latte was the Midnight Kiss and February left us drooling over the delicious Cherry Cordial. March is bringing back a local favorite – the Matador! (picture courtesy of…

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Open House Recap

PLACE team

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Open House at the PLACE! We were so encouraged by the level of community support we received that night and in the many days since. We hope you enjoyed seeing a space that was brought to life by the dreams, plans and wallets of this community! As we…

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Are you “mentor material”?

Bailie participated in our zoom call “From Amarillo to Afghanistan: How Can We Help?” and then attended a volunteer meeting. She put her name and contact information down on the sign up paper, and received a call a few days later from our mentorship coordinator, Jennifer. Jen walked her through a brief training and then decided to pair her with a Chin woman from Burma.

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Shop or Donate

cafe area being painted

We’re still getting bits and pieces in place to make everything fully stocked at The PLACE. There are several ways to help if you are interested… As always, you can give safely and securely to RLP online by going to our our website. We also accept checks by mail and can process payments over the phone. Check…

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Table Talk TONIGHT!

English lesson

We are resuming that program on Tuesday nights beginning February 1st (TONIGHT!) from 6-7:30 at the PLACE. We’ll share some food, have conversation cards out to help you talk with refugees, and then have a very short English lesson.

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