Dedicated TSOS team members work hard to collect refugees’ stories and to advocate on their behalf. Learn more about the work, the people and the stories! Our team is always at hand to inform, present or answer your questions.
“You don’t know, what you don’t know, ... If you never get in touch with someone new, you don’t learn anything. Every culture has developed really beautiful parts. Hopefully, by coming to a safe place, people can let the wall down and share their beautiful parts with the rest of us.”
"I’ve found that serving brings indescribable joy and that small actions can build individuals in remarkable ways..."
"For all their uncertainty, one of their greatest needs, and probably one of the greatest needs of everyone, (after basic physical needs are met), is for friendship..."
As much as my newcomer friends may need help in successfully integrating into their new communities, the rest of us have much to gain from their lived experience, maybe especially in a pandemic-filled world of uncertainty.
For the millions of Venezuelans who have traveled on foot to escape crisis, COVID-19 complications have forced many to turn back. How do they maintain hope?
Through a successful model of building welcoming communities, Fairfax County, Virginia brings community-based organizations together to better meet the needs of vulnerable populations.
From Contributor, Ann Richmond (Idaho Community Programs Coordinator):
"And while you cook, I hope you read a small part of their story, and that you let that in, as well..."
The story of Resettlement is a shared experience of belonging. As true today as it was for our Forefathers: Their story IS our story. When newcomers feel like they belong, we all thrive.
TSOS was honored to be a guest on the ECDC African Community Center DC Metro's podcast "Resettlement: A Human Journey" to discuss the role of storytelling in the resettlement process. You can listen to the 45-minute Episode 2 on the ECDC ACC-DC Resettlement: A Human Journey website or by searching for their podcast Podbean.
Mini-documentary of Leonard Bagalwa's story of seeking refugee. His journey from being kidnapped in the Congo to finding a safe place to integrate and contribute to his new community in Utah.
Global Refugee Archive
The unique database of the stories collected by TSOS, as well as by our partner organizations, that are made available to the public, academic researchers, and humanitarians. Housed at BYU’s Harold B. Lee library, the archive is currently under construction and will be activated in April 2021. At that time, it is expected that the archive will hold hundreds of stories, with new stories added each month.
Let Me Tell You My Story
Let Me Tell You My Story is a gathering of stories collected by TSOS in hardback book format. This volume debuts personal stories of the men, women and children who, through no fault of their own, became refugees.
Heartbreaking, hopeful and unapologetically honest, these firsthand accounts highlight the resistance, resilience and grit of the human spirit, and serve as a lesson to us all about compassion and community.
Published by Familius, this 332-page Amazon best-selling hardback book features photographs by Portraitist of France 2017, Christophe Mortier and award-winning UK-based photographer, Lindsay Silsby, as well as illustrations by award-winning portraitist, Elizabeth Thayer.
The Story of Our Journey
Phoenix, AZ Showing: Friday, Jan. 22, 5pm MT
After two successful online showings this year, The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will be showing The Story of Our Journey on their YouTube channel here at 5pm Mountain Time on January 22nd, where you may interact directly with the creative team on YouTube during the performance.
An educational and advocacy tool, the film project can be customized to fit the needs of academic institutions, public schools, IGOs and NGOs, and other interested parties, as well as an installation in museums or at conferences. If you are interested in hosting the film project, please contact us.