Los Angeles Magazine: "11 Women Who Are Making L.A. A Better Place"

Los Angeles Magazine: "11 Women Who Are Making L.A. A Better Place"

“I have absolutely no background in this. I’ve never worked in politics or the nonprofit sector. I spent ten years in digital marketing before leaving to raise my two kids. But Miry’s Listdidn’t come from a place of wanting to change the system of refugee resettlement. It came from me, as a mom, seeing a baby without a crib mattress and wanting to help.”

Circa: "Newly-arrived Syrian refugees are hosting dinner parties for their neighbors" (video)

Circa: "Newly-arrived Syrian refugees are hosting dinner parties for their neighbors" (video)

How does a Syrian refugee start their life over in the U.S.? Try hosting a dinner for an entire neighborhood. That's exactly what the New Arrival Supper Club is all about. Every month, a new refugee family will cook food for an entire neighborhood. The club will sell tickets to the event, and 90% of the proceeds will go to the family that cooked.

VICE Media/Sutter Health: "The Esmaeilys" (video)

VICE Media/Sutter Health: "The Esmaeilys" (video)

When Babak Esmaeily and his 11-year-old son Behniya arrived in Turlock, CA in January 2017, they were seeking a fresh start. But this wasn’t just any move. As refugees from Iran, where Babak and his family were persecuted for promoting secular education, the father and son have had to create a whole new life—in a whole new language. Nothing about being a refugee is normal, but with their new routine slowly taking shape, Babak and Behniya are learning together how to be a family, and how to move forward.

89.3KPCC: "For one newly arrived refugee family, it's a bittersweet July 4th"

89.3KPCC: "For one newly arrived refugee family, it's a bittersweet July 4th"

Bashir Kashefi, his pregnant wife and their young daughter are celebrating their first Independence Day in the United States after arriving as refugees in March from Afghanistan. While they’re excited, they’re concerned that other refugees won’t be so lucky.

Global Citizen: "Refugees Come to the US $2,000 in Debt, But This Woman Has a Plan to Fix That"

Global Citizen: "Refugees Come to the US $2,000 in Debt, But This Woman Has a Plan to Fix That"

“My friend asked me for a Jumperoo,” Miry Whitehill says. “That’s where it all started.” Whitehill, the founder of a nonprofit organization that crowdsources items for refugees,  didn’t set out to start an organization like Miry’s List, but then again, she did have a Jumperoo on hand.

Style By Emily Henderson: "Miry's List Fundraiser, This Sunday!"

Style By Emily Henderson: "Miry's List Fundraiser, This Sunday!"

Hey all, here’s a quick blog post to promote a very amazing fundraiser, called Ana Huna, for Miry’s list – a non-profit that helps refugee families in the states get set up with a community, furniture, and all their essentials. It’s this Sunday in Eagle Rock (all info here) and I’ve purchased two sets of tickets to giveaway (one set here on the blog, and one set on Instagram).

HuffPost: "People That Move Us: The Founder of Miry’s List"

HuffPost: "People That Move Us: The Founder of Miry’s List"

Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar is a standout stay-at-home mom who is making a difference in the lives of recent refugees to the U.S., particularly in the lives of their young children. From the first moment we connected to assist her non-profit called Miry’s List, Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar has been moving us with her incredible effort

CBS Evening News: "Non-profits in Calif. try to meet refugee needs" (video)

CBS Evening News: "Non-profits in Calif. try to meet refugee needs" (video)

 Over the past 15 years, California has taken in more than 100,000 refugees escaping violence and poverty in their home countries. Danielle Nottingham reports on how non-profits across the state are trying to meet refugees' needs as they begin their new lives in the U.S.
 

LA Weekly: "A Single Good Deed Morphed Into a Movement That Aided Hundreds of Refugees" (video + article)

LA Weekly: "A Single Good Deed Morphed Into a Movement That Aided Hundreds of Refugees" (video + article)

Maybe it was the fact that the baby was the same age as one of her own sons. Maybe it was the familiar look of exhaustion on the mother's face. Whatever it was, Miry Whitehill felt an immediate connection to this family she'd never met, even though she couldn't speak to them in their native language, Arabic.

Los Angeles Magazine: "Want to Eat Incredible Syrian Food? Go to This Supper Club Where Refugees Prepare Meals from Their Homelands"

Los Angeles Magazine: "Want to Eat Incredible Syrian Food? Go to This Supper Club Where Refugees Prepare Meals from Their Homelands"

While preparing the New Arrival Supper Club’s first meal, 36-year-old Najwa didn’t sleep for two nights. Instead she and her husband disappeared into their apartment kitchen after putting their three kids to bed, whipping hummus and hand forming enough football-shaped kibbe to feed 42 strangers. The effort was worth it. The money raised from the $75-per-person event was used to purchase necessities for the family, refugees who had arrived in L.A. from the Syrian city of Homs six months ago.

NBC News: "Mom's Heart Fuels Refugee Family's Soul: SoCal Mom Crowdsources Household Essentials for Refugees" (video)

NBC News: "Mom's Heart Fuels Refugee Family's Soul: SoCal Mom Crowdsources Household Essentials for Refugees" (video)

Inspired by the television images of areas like war-torn Syria, Eagle Rock mother Miry Whitehill-Ben Atar took action to collect donations for a Syrian refugee family in Los Angeles.  John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017.

The Zoe Report: "How You Can Help Syrian Refugees Right Now"

The Zoe Report: "How You Can Help Syrian Refugees Right Now"

If the events of this particularly bleak week have left you wondering how you can help, you’re not alone. This is why we find it incredibly important to bring attention to Miry’s List, an organization that’s doing life-changing work to help Syrian refugees. Read more >

NPR Next Generation Radio: "Finding a Friend in Southern California" (audio)

NPR Next Generation Radio: "Finding a Friend in Southern California" (audio)

The Wakili family immigrated to the U.S. in January. They were refugees from their home country of Afghanistan. After spending their first night in America at a motel, the family of seven moved into a one-bedroom apartment … with no beds. That’s where Miry’s List came in.