By embracing the needs of refugees in his community, a Georgia grocery store owner gained loyal customers, turned his business around, and created a sense of community. His story highlights the benefits of embracing the diversity and strengths of recently arrived refugees.

Refugees and established community members gather at the Tampa Bay Garden to plant and tend crops, all the while breaking down barriers, getting to know one another, and learning to understand each other.  This garden, which is located outside of St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church, provides community members with the opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits for sustenance and sale.