Circle of Support
Special Partnership Offers Unique Benefits
The chefs for Tuesday’s dinner were Aisha and Mohammad. Aisha and Mohammad arrived in Winston-Salem with their five children in May 2016 on refugee visas granted by the U.S. government.
They had fled the civil war in Syria, residing first in Jordan while awaiting a new home. Their extended families are scattered, some still in Syria, others across the globe.
In early 2016, Knollwood Baptist Church made a commitment to work with World Relief Triad, our local refugee resettlement agency. Aisha and Mohammad’s family were the first refugees that were assigned to the church.
Shortly after their arrival, Aisha and Mohammad invited the members of the church to a culinary feast at their home. Their hospitality and wonderful food won their hearts. The idea of sharing their food with others in the community soon turned into a small business proposition.
For these gifted cooks, food from their homeland helps keep a strong connection to their culture, but is also being enthusiastically received here. Syrian cuisine is admired for its warm, rich spices and flavorful preparations. Their business, Syrian Cuisine WS, is a small catering enterprise that helps these new neighbors and friends support themselves and their family.
The Family House received a grant towards our meal program from Knollwood Baptist. We used it to purchase Tuesday’s chicken kabob dinner from Syrian Cuisine WS.
What a neat circle of community support!