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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 01:17 AM

Refugees and Americans find community -- over a cup of coffee


Refugees and Americans find community -- over a cup of coffee

Would you like a cup of coffee? You can feel the warmth in the question. It's a hospitable gesture with a universal meaning: You are welcome here.

At a small coffee shop in Clarkston, Georgia, you hear that question asked in imperfect English and thick accents. The employees at Refuge Coffee know what it feels like to long for a welcoming word. So do many of their customers, who fled wars and violence around the world.

That connection has always been a key goal for Refuge Coffee founder Kitti Murray. She wanted to create a safe space for people to get to know their refugee neighbors. "We want to connect people. We want refugees to get to know Americans who live all around them. We want Americans who don't know a thing about refugees to get to know them," Murray said.

"And we see it over and over again that real friendships are made over one cup of coffee."

Do yourself a favor and follow the link. It will help you forget all the crap that keeps flowing from tRump and remind you that there are good people out there doing good things. Some of them are multi-generational citizens and some are just off the boat refugees. But the full story will lift your spirits.

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