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Pam Franks, 2017
Cross Cultural Health Service
Award Recipient.

Pam Franks was honored at the
2013 Tribute to Women

A Story

Every refugee has a story. Each one has a name and had a home. Most were uprooted from their homes because of civil war and fled with almost nothing. In fleeing, they left everything they knew- everything familiar. Countless refugees lost family members and friends. Each story involves hardship, heartbreak and great loss, but it led them on a journey from a refugee camp to a second chance — in the United States.

All refugees who arrive in the U.S. enter legally; none are allowed in the country without first going through an intense vetting process which also includes interviews and a medical clearance. Once here, a resettlement agency helps arrange housing, employment and much more. Because most refugees lack adequate English, the majority begin employment in factories and will often stay there indefinitely.

Cultural adaptation can be painfully slow and difficult. Lack of English is probably the largest barrier, affecting every aspect of their new life in America. What’s more, there are countless rules and guidelines to learn; things like time-orientation, paying bills, driving a car and enrolling in school. Culture in America is drastically different, and in many respects, the opposite of what a refugee is used to.

Refugees are some of the most resilient people on the face of the earth. They learn, they adapt, they work hard, they live, until the unfamiliar isn’t so unfamiliar anymore. Thankful and happy to be in America, they have hope for the future and especially for their children. One day their children will have a story of their own, one that perhaps Embrace the Nations can contribute to.