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Growing up, Stephanie Adams saw how hard her mom, who immigrated to the United States from Colombia, had to work to make sure her children were successful.
Now, as the Greensboro office director for CWS, Stephanie and the team welcome more than 200 refugees a year to Greensboro who are hoping
to start a new life, free of persecution and political turmoil. CWS-Greensboro provides refugees with assistance in finding employment, getting legal advice and enrolling in schools, among its many programs.
“Our role is to help them get to where they want to be, to be a cheerleader,” Stephanie says.
In January 2012, Stephanie met the Chhetri family, a family of four who fled Bhutan in 1990 due to violent ethnic unrest and political instability. The Chhetris were the first family to whom Stephanie was assigned to as a newly hired case manager, working with several other CWS staff members and volunteers. After fleeing Bhutan, the Chhetris went to India and soon after, resettled in Nepal where they would spend the next two decades before being accepted into the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. The Chhetris credit their faith in God as the source of strength and motivation they needed along their journey.
Stephanie spent a lot of time with Indra Chhetri, his wife Meena and their two children, Birendra and Bijaya, during the 90-day resettlement program. She accompanied them in exploring churches in the area, helped to get Bijaya enrolled in school and put Indra on the path to network, which led him to secure a job with Guilford County Schools as a teacher’s assistant – a position very similar to what he was doing in Nepal. Meena is now a team lead at her job, Birendra graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bijaya is headed to her brother’s alma mater fall 2016.
Resettling refugees like the Chhetri family means more than just spending time with them; it also means working with the community to foster a welcoming and supportive attitude. “One of our goals is to help the community become active refugee advocates,” Stephanie says.
Four years after resettling her first family, Stephanie continues to fight for and help those who come to Greensboro seeking a better chance at life.
“Knowing that they can be here and feel safe and at peace, and have the opportunity to prosper makes it all worth it,” Stephanie says.
Missed out on Slide the City or just want to slide again? You’ll get another chance because Slide the City is coming to Raleigh! The 1000ft slide will set up in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, June 11th.
Be sure to use the code “raleighSTC16” at checkout to get 10% off. Make sure to invite friends and family to this epic event and share the code with them too.
So grab your floats, funky swimwear, and some sunscreen and take a short trip over to Raleigh for this fun summertime event!
1.Cool off at Lake Brandt. At this lake, you have the option to kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle.
They even offer night paddling for you love birds that want to recreate that dreamy lake scene in the notebook (Before it rains, of course)
2. If Lake Brandt isn’t cool enough, check out the Greensboro Icehouse!
This Ice skating rink has provided fun for Greensborians for 20 years. Skate rental and session is as cheap as $10 on the weekends!
3. Wet & Wild is the largest water park in both the Carolinas. With over 36 rides and attractions. They’ve got rides, slides, waves, pools, and fun for all ages! General admission is $39 dollars, but season passes start at just $50 so you might as well grab a pass and have fun all summer long!
4. The secret is out…Wet Willies is coming to Greensboro! (In case you don’t know what Wet Willies is) Wet Willies is a frozen daiquiri bar. This chain specializes in nearly a dozen flavors of frozen daiquiri’s that are dispensed by bartenders from a row of mixing machines. (Imagine a frozen yogurt bar on steroids.) Yeah, it’s that great.
5. So maybe frozen daiquiris aren’t really your thing, and you prefer a classier “turn up.” Look no further than your local Wine and Design! At Wine and Design, you can sign up for different classes that are taught by local artist. The artist will walk you through each step until to complete your masterpiece. What I like best about this Wine and Design is that they offer a visual calendar on the website so you can sign up for a class based off the painting that you’d like to recreate.
6. If you’re a true wine connoisseur, Wine Styles is the place for you! Wine Styles is located in the Friendly center across from Mimi’s café. Wine Styles offers a large variety of wines, and each week they host a wine tasting event for $5. You can’t beat that! Even better, they often have live music for you to enjoy while you sip away.
7. Strike your way out to a Grasshopper’s game! Baseball games are fun for anyone. It’s the perfect time to crack open a cold one, laugh with friends, and enjoy that beautiful NC weather. Below, I’ve posted a calendar of all the games this summer!
8. A walk in the Park – Greensboro is filled with beautiful parks and gardens! Check out the Center City Park, Arboretum, Bog Gardens, and Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens
Did you know that July 17th is national ice-cream day? If you’re a member of the Coldstone loyalty program, you can enjoy a buy one get one free deal on this day, AND throughout the month of July, Baskin-Robbins’ guests can upgrade their double scoop of ice cream with a free freshly baked waffle cone!
Lastly, you can even enjoy this day with your furry friend, PetSmart is offering a four-ounce, complimentary serving of dog-safe ice cream, if you visit between noon and 4 p.m.