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Remembering Susan Hope

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On April 23, 2017, Susan Hope, a longtime volunteer, donor and advocate for the IRC in Atlanta, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. She is greatly missed, but her compassionate and generous spirit are ever-present in our office and our work.

Susan helping two of her "shoppers" in the former Resettlement Shop, now named the Shop of Hope in her honor.
Susan helping two of her "shoppers" in the former Resettlement Shop, now named the Shop of Hope in her honor. Photo: IRC Atlanta

To formally honor her legacy of support, the IRC in Atlanta recently held an event to dedicate our free “thrift store” – from which our refugee clients can take clothing and household items at no cost to them – in her memory. Previously called the Resettlement Shop, it is now the Shop of Hope, and features a plaque recognizing her service and photos of her working with clients. Nearly fifty of Susan’s friends and family members gathered for this dedication, and her four grandchildren were able to hang the plaques and pictures to remember their incredible grandmother.

Susan came to the IRC in the early 2000s to help our response to the “Lost Boys of Sudan” crisis, and gave all of her heart to our refugee community. She served on the Advisory Board and as a volunteer in our shop and was instrumental its creation and spreading the word to community donors. For a decade she could be found every Thursday helping her “shoppers” find items to help them adjust to their new homes, and – more often than not – filling her car with shopping bags and driving clients back home.

Shop of Hope dedication plaque and photographs to remember and honor Susan.
Shop of Hope dedication plaque and photographs to remember and honor Susan. Photo: IRC Atlanta

If you would like to donate to support Susan’s cause, you can bring new or gently-used clothing and household items to the IRC in Atlanta’s office any Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am and 4pm. You can also donate financially online through our secure donation portal to help ensure our programs continue to provide hope and support to newly-resettled refugees and the Atlanta immigrant community.

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 Alexis Buchanan, Development Manager at Alexis.Buchanan [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8930.

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