On the record ... with Stephanie Dawkins
Stephanie Dawkins first began working with resettling refugees while interning with Catholic Charities in 2004, when she was pursuing a degree in social work at the University of Texas in Arlington. Three years ago, she and her husband, a professor at Northern Illinois University, moved to DeKalb, and she began working for World Relief of DuPage/Aurora.
According to World Relief communications manager Jennifer Stocks, the faith-based nonprofit organization has offices in the U.S. and six other countries. Its main purpose is to resettle refugees. “Our goal is self-sufficiency,” she said. “These folks have left behind everything. It really is a person starting over.”
“It makes me proud to be an American because the U.S. is part of this international community that are willing to resettle the refugees,” Dawkins said. “This is a faith-based, nonprofit group, but we don’t proselytize.”
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