Columbian refugee Rubiela hand stitches fine fabric for a Designers Workroom project. [Photo: Emily Frazier]

Patty Smith and Mary Morrissey are the co-owners of Designers Workroom, a local Memphis shop. Through their partnership with World Relief Memphis Employment Services team and through their own efforts, they have employed multiple refugee women and have seen the value in working hand in hand with...

06 Jul 2017

One late night in January, a crowd gathered at the Memphis airport with Ahmednur, a Somali refugee breathlessly awaiting reunification with his wife and children. Ahmednur had been forcibly displaced from his homeland as a child in 1991, spending the next 24 years...

08 Mar 2017

I was typing an e-mail when he sat down beside me for the first time. He looked about 7 or 8 years old. He had large, dark eyes and a smile that somehow seemed both timid and unbound. Unimpressed that I would waste a computer screen on e-mail, he pulled out a paper spinner and proceeded to play and...

01 Sep 2016

I will never forget my first day of school. It was the fall of 1988 and I was a scrawny five-year-old refugee kid from Laos. Just two years removed from a refugee camp in Thailand, I walked into Haywood Elementary school in Nashville, Tn. I didn’t understand a word of English and wasn’t...

10 Aug 2016
The Atlantic

If you've been involved with refugees in Memphis, you already know that transportation is one of the greatest challenges facing these new Memphians. The WRM team has seen first hand how successfully refugees overcome this challenge and found these two articles interesting when considering...

26 May 2016