Our Stories


Jack Tregar

Meet Jack Tregar. For the last three and a half years, Jack has dedicated several hours of his week to be a volunteer classroom aide for low level ESL courses and as a GED math tutor. Jack is a person who believes in community. Even after retiring from a 30-year long career, Jack hasn’t stopped working with others. It was serendipitous circumstances and a desire to serve that led Jack to Dorcas International.

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Ubah Kahiye

Meet Ubah Kahiye. After being forced to leave her home country, Ubah Kahiye resettled here in Rhode Island as a refugee from Somalia in 2016 with the help of Dorcas International. Over the last three years, she has had to acclimate to a new environment, learn a new language, and build a new life for herself – and she has done all this while simultaneously becoming a well-known and positive presence in the Dorcas International and broader RI community.

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Youssef Akhtarini

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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