Isa Gerondelis is using her passion to help spread the word about one of Lutheran Services of Georgia's valuable programs for refugees resettled in the Atlanta area. A high school student and LSG volunteer, Isa created the video above to highlight LSG's Refugee Clothing Closet at Rock of Ages Church in Stone Mountain.
The Refugee Clothing Closet is a helpful resource for refugees who have recently been resettled in Atlanta and Clarkston, GA. Refugees typically arrive with few personal possessions and have limited income to spend on necessities. The Clothing Closet offers them an opportunity for to "shop" for clothing, shoes and other items. The Clothing Closet relies on donations from the community to keep its shelves stocked and on volunteers to keep the incoming donations organized and accessible.
Isa's church, St. John's Lutheran, has been very involved with LSG. Last year, St. John's participated in the Lutheran MLK Day of Service, held at Rock of Ages. (For more information on this year's Day of Service click here)
"I heard the refugee stories on MLK day last year, and the Clothes Closet came up. It seemed like a really cool opportunity to help out and get involved," says Isa. "I love making movies, so I thought that I could make a short film about the Clothes Closet to spread awareness."
Last summer Isa spent Wednesday mornings, which is the day designated for volunteers to organize and sort at the Clothing Closet, helping out and filming. Once the summer wrapped up and she was back in school, she begin editing the film in her free time.
"This opportunity has been great because I can use something that I enjoy doing to impact others," says Isa. "Working at the Closet has been an eye-opening experience and I'm glad I can share it."
If you are interested in volunteering at LSG's Refugee Clothing Closet, contact Melanie Johnson for more information on that program and other volunteer needs in our Refugee Services Department.
Do you have gently used clothing or other items to donate? Click here for more information on donating clothing, furniture or other items. Do you have a special talent, skill or passion that you could use to help Lutheran Services of Georgia continue its invaluable work with vulnerable populations throughout the state? Contact Melissa Pinsky at LSG to share your ideas and find out how you can get started.