Our heart is here, our first home, where immigrants and refugees from over 45 countries across five continents live and work together. More than 60 different languages are spoken in the one square mile that makes up downtown Clarkston. We find so much beauty in our home, and we think you will, too. Here’s what our mayor, Ted Terry, has to say about Refuge:
“The bright red coffee truck, the smell of freshly made Ethiopian sambusas, and residents from all over the world eating, drinking, and laughing together: It exemplifies everything that makes our community great. I love spending my office hours there and at all the other businesses around town owned by Americans of all stripes. These great Clarkston companies have employees originally from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, in addition to nearby Atlanta.”
We’re less than half a mile outside I-285, four miles from Decatur, and yet—in some ways—a world apart. We hope you’ll pay us a visit soon!
4170 E Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Clarkston, GA 30021
Our Midtown coffee shop is located at the beautiful Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown. We believe The Woodruff Arts Center shares a vision that is similar to ours: Space to breathe. Invitation to dream.
Welcome to all.
The tools may be different—beauty, drama, and music instead of coffee (although we happen to think there’s beauty and drama in coffee, too!!)—but the goal is the same, to welcome everyone to a place of refuge. If you are visiting The Alliance Theater, The Atlanta Symphony, The High Museum, or simply walking through the neighborhood, we invite you to stop in and drink coffee with us.
1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Refuge Norcross is located in beautiful, downtown historic Norcross. Taking in the bustle of families and the row of shops and restaurants, one of our baristas said, “When I lived in Eritrea, this is how I pictured the United States.”
We understand that a quaint main street vibe isn’t a good enough reason to plant a coffee shop that employs and trains refugees and immigrants. But a quaint main street in the very center of a city that mingles affluence with poverty and older Americans with new Americans makes good sense. (According to a Georgia Tech study about Norcross, 47% of Norcross residents are foreign-born, and 63% of households speak a language other than English at home!)
If you are neighbor or simply just visiting, We welcome you to stop in and have a cup of liquid welcome with us. Our vision is worldwide welcome and we can’t do this without your support.