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An accurate indication of having a good neighbor is sharing; they share tools, holiday cards, and favors, but the single most appreciable thing one can share with another is food.
In July 2016, Miry Whitehill was a stay-at-home mom living in Southern California when a friend introduced her to a family of new arrival refugees from Syria—a dad, mom and their twin 5-year-old girls and 5-month-old baby boy. Whitehill’s friend, Suzanne, wanted to find a secondhand Fisher-Price Jumperoo chair (a chair that bounces and spins with toys that keep baby busy), so the tired parents could take a break. New Jumperoos cost between $70 and $130.
2018 has begun, and pundits and opinion makers are predicting that 2018 will be the “Year of the Woman”. That of course, is yet to be seen. And we have heard this prediction before. Yet it is hard to deny that women have made enormous progress in the past few years.
More than any other US holiday, Thanksgiving celebrates our history as a nation of immigrants. And for those who have recently arrived to the States, it’s an occasion to remember their journey from one land to another. Miry’s List is an LA-based organization that welcomes families making such journeys. Founder Miry Whitehill and Rabia Ahmadi share on the scope of the organization’s impact.
Mom of two helps 250 families in the past 15 months. Elsa Ramon reports.
What becomes of a refugee when they’re no longer a refugee? We spend so much time talking about migration caps and vetting that we seem to ignore all the Americans living amongst us, trying to acclimate to their new country after the harrowing journey from their former homeland. Would it surprise you to learn that they start their new life in substantial debt? Or that they don’t have many of the basic items they need to live, let alone feel like a human being? Wouldn’t you like to know how you can help?
“I have absolutely no background in this. I’ve never worked in politics or the nonprofit sector. I spent ten years in digital marketing before leaving to raise my two kids. But Miry’s Listdidn’t come from a place of wanting to change the system of refugee resettlement. It came from me, as a mom, seeing a baby without a crib mattress and wanting to help.”
How does a Syrian refugee start their life over in the U.S.? Try hosting a dinner for an entire neighborhood. That's exactly what the New Arrival Supper Club is all about. Every month, a new refugee family will cook food for an entire neighborhood. The club will sell tickets to the event, and 90% of the proceeds will go to the family that cooked.
When Babak Esmaeily and his 11-year-old son Behniya arrived in Turlock, CA in January 2017, they were seeking a fresh start. But this wasn’t just any move. As refugees from Iran, where Babak and his family were persecuted for promoting secular education, the father and son have had to create a whole new life—in a whole new language. Nothing about being a refugee is normal, but with their new routine slowly taking shape, Babak and Behniya are learning together how to be a family, and how to move forward.
"You don't need to share a language...you can share a meal." Syrian refugees are breaking bread––and breaking down barriers in California.
Started in 2016 by Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar, Miry's List is primarily a social media-based group that provides assistance to refugee families coming to Southern California with donations int he way of furniture, clothing and other vital necessities.
When Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar visited a Syrian family newly arrived to Los Angeles about a year ago, with a friend who knew them through church, the 31-year-old mother of two noticed that the refugee family shared much in common with hers: The Syrian woman was her age with a baby her son’s age. But she also noticed a striking difference in their home — the apartment was almost empty.
City of LA recently honored Miry's List founder, Miry Whitehill for her outstanding work! Miry's List is a non-profit that helps refugee families through fundraisers, crowdsourcing and social media.
Bashir Kashefi, his pregnant wife and their young daughter are celebrating their first Independence Day in the United States after arriving as refugees in March from Afghanistan. While they’re excited, they’re concerned that other refugees won’t be so lucky.
Basic supplies like shampoo, soap or diapers may be taken for granted by many families, but for refugees who arrive in the United States with nothing they are difficult to obtain.
“My friend asked me for a Jumperoo,” Miry Whitehill says. “That’s where it all started.” Whitehill, the founder of a nonprofit organization that crowdsources items for refugees, didn’t set out to start an organization like Miry’s List, but then again, she did have a Jumperoo on hand.
On a recent Thursday night, Eagle Rock resident Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar was sitting in a Riverside County apartment, streaming a conversation on Facebook Live.
Hey all, here’s a quick blog post to promote a very amazing fundraiser, called Ana Huna, for Miry’s list – a non-profit that helps refugee families in the states get set up with a community, furniture, and all their essentials. It’s this Sunday in Eagle Rock (all info here) and I’ve purchased two sets of tickets to giveaway (one set here on the blog, and one set on Instagram).
Miry's List is a first of its kind refugee crowdfunding platform connecting new arrivals with neighbors willing to help. Patrice Howard reports form Los Angeles for Channel News Asia.
Want to help refugee families who have just arrived in America? Check out Miry’s List, which provides new arrivals to southern California with basic needs.
Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar is a standout stay-at-home mom who is making a difference in the lives of recent refugees to the U.S., particularly in the lives of their young children. From the first moment we connected to assist her non-profit called Miry’s List, Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar has been moving us with her incredible effort
Over the past 15 years, California has taken in more than 100,000 refugees escaping violence and poverty in their home countries. Danielle Nottingham reports on how non-profits across the state are trying to meet refugees' needs as they begin their new lives in the U.S.
Maybe it was the fact that the baby was the same age as one of her own sons. Maybe it was the familiar look of exhaustion on the mother's face. Whatever it was, Miry Whitehill felt an immediate connection to this family she'd never met, even though she couldn't speak to them in their native language, Arabic.
While preparing the New Arrival Supper Club’s first meal, 36-year-old Najwa didn’t sleep for two nights. Instead she and her husband disappeared into their apartment kitchen after putting their three kids to bed, whipping hummus and hand forming enough football-shaped kibbe to feed 42 strangers. The effort was worth it. The money raised from the $75-per-person event was used to purchase necessities for the family, refugees who had arrived in L.A. from the Syrian city of Homs six months ago.
Inspired by the television images of areas like war-torn Syria, Eagle Rock mother Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar took action to collect donations for a Syrian refugee family in Los Angeles. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017.
If the events of this particularly bleak week have left you wondering how you can help, you’re not alone. This is why we find it incredibly important to bring attention to Miry’s List, an organization that’s doing life-changing work to help Syrian refugees. Read more >
This supper club gives Syrians refugees an opportunity to break bread with their new American neighbors and share their food and culture.
The Wakili family immigrated to the U.S. in January. They were refugees from their home country of Afghanistan. After spending their first night in America at a motel, the family of seven moved into a one-bedroom apartment … with no beds. That’s where Miry’s List came in.
When Miry Whitehill visited the home of refugees who had arrived from Syria only weeks before, she was shocked by what she saw. The family’s apartment was nearly empty and lacked some basic essentials, like a refrigerator and a crib. “This woman had a baby the same age as mine and was not able to put her baby down because she didn’t have anywhere to put him,” said Whitehill. That’s when Whitehill decided that something needed to be done. Read more >
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