Originally from Iran, Majid and Maryam arrived in the United States through the refugee resettlement program this January, bringing with them 15 combined years of experience in the restaurant industry and a strong determination to find employment that would best utilize their skills. Within just two months of their arrival the couple secured employment at Noosh Kitchen, a neighborhood bistro known for its authentic Persian cuisine, and chose to relocate to the Alpharetta area to be closer to work.
It was the ongoing instability that forced Majid and Maryam to flee their native Iran and seek asylum in Turkey, where they lived as refugees for more than three years before being selected for resettlement in the U.S. The IRC in Atlanta welcomed the couple in early 2017 and provided them with initial resettlement and employment services, ensuring they had all necessary paperwork in order to begin their search for employment.
Maryam, a restaurant manager of five years, and Majid, a chef of ten years, are now applying their previous professional skills serving traditional Iranian dishes as a waitress and cook at Noosh Kitchen. The couple are excited to work together and bring a taste of their home country to the Atlanta community, telling their IRC employment specialist: “We like the restaurant, it’s hard work but we are glad to be able to work again.”
Maryam and Majid are dedicated to rebuilding their lives together in their new community and hope to gain more experience in the restaurant industry, with a dream to one day open their own restaurant here in Atlanta.
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