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December 6, 2018

Save the Date! Global Eats 2019!

2019 is about to get delicious – AGAIN! Global Eats is back! This time at Rhodes on The Pawtuxet on March 28, 2019! Just earlier this year, at our first ever annual international culinary fundraiser […]
November 30, 2018

RISD Museum Offers Free Membership to New US Citizens

Have you heard about RISD Museum’s new membership program called Welcome Citizen? This program offers free admission for a year to newly naturalized U.S. citizens living in Rhode Island! “This […]
November 1, 2018

Refugee Resettlement Workshop November 2018

The Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Refugee Resettlement Program is offering the following November 2018 workshop for mental health providers: Understanding Refugee Needs: Successful Strategies for Providing Mental Health […]

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Meet Youssef Akhtarini

Youssef came to the U.S. as a refugee after he and his family were forced to flee their home in Syria, leaving behind everything they’ve ever known. This included the “sweet shops” Youssef owned in Aleppo, where he sold handmade Baklava and Syrian treats – a craft he has been mastering since he was 16 years old.

When war turned his shops and home into rubble and threatened his life and the lives of those he loved, he and his family had no choice but to make their way to Turkey.

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