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New Social Adjustment programming combats food insecurity

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The IRC in Atlanta is pleased to introduce the staff of Social Adjustment, our newest case management team! After identifying a need for more long-term case management and support, the IRC in Atlanta welcomed Lebura Nwenu, Jacob Scobey-Polachek and Amal Warsama as Social Adjustment Caseworkers to better meet the needs of refugees and immigrants who have been in the United States for six months or longer. Since June of this year, the program has served over 200 families in ways oriented towards maintaining health and wellness, maintaining or regaining self-sufficiency, and ensuring food security and adequate nutrition. Many of these families have learned of our new Social Adjustment services through word of mouth in the community – If you or someone you know would like assistance being connected to resources, navigating the healthcare system or public benefits, please contact us through the details below.

Can you help Lebura, Jacob and Amal keep this fridge stocked for our clients?
Can you help Lebura, Jacob and Amal keep this fridge stocked for our clients? Photo: IRC Atlanta

Most crucially, you can support the Social Adjustment team by helping us meet the needs of clients who are food insecure through the donation of healthy and nutritious food. The Social Adjustment team has started a new initiative to keep an on-site fridge and pantry fully stocked with meat, dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables, to ensure we can provide clients who struggle with food insecurity with nutritional food to take home to their families. If you, or a group or organization you are a part of, are interested in “sponsoring” our client fridge and pantry for a period of time and keeping it stocked with produce, or you are interested in making a donation of food items or grocery store gift cards, please contact us through the details below. Community support is so essential in ensuring this initiative is a success and we appreciate any and all contributions towards keeping our fridge fully stocked.

Needed for Fridge

Milk, eggs, meat (no pork) —chicken or ground turkey, potatoes, corn, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, fresh greens—spinach, lettuce, etc., fruit all kinds—grapes especially, onions, garlic, carrots

Needed for Pantry

Rice, cooking oil, salt, dried beans—garbanzo or fava, lentils, sugar, all-purpose flour, canned tomatoes


About the Social Adjustment Team

  • Amal graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Georgia this year and has been with us since July. When she’s not working hard and serving clients, she enjoys working out by kickboxing.
  • Lebura has been an integral part of the team since June. She loves learning new languages and is currently working hard to master Chinese and Arabic.
  • Jacob graduated from the University of Notre Dame this May, majoring in English and Spanish and he relocated to Atlanta from his hometown Milwaukee, Wisconsin to join our team! He was the Captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Team at school and continues to play in his free time.


To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.

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