ATLANTA / LAGRANGE
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Atlanta is the largest city and capital of Georgia. More than 30 colleges and universities are located in Atlanta, making it a hub for higher education. Atlanta was the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., and a major nerve center for the civil rights movement. Atlanta is also the headquarters for Coca Cola, CNN, and Chick-Fil-A.
Mission Year is partnered with Casa Alterna in Lagrange, GA, 60 miles south of Atlanta. Casa Alterna is a community of Christians who practice faith, hospitality, and justice alongside immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico. The Casa Alterna team serves regularly at El Refugio, a hospitality house located outside Stewart Detention Center, and includes an annual international pilgrimage to Guatemala to connect with families affected by immigration and deportation policies.
Atlanta has a population of around 486,000.
Lagrange has a population of 30,000 and 30% of residents live below the poverty level (Atlanta is 25%; the US is 15%).
The Casa Alterna team lives on a block in LaGrange consisting primarily of Guatemalan and Mexican immigrants. The Atlanta Mission Year teams are located in South Atlanta.
Immigration, Mass Incarceration/Detention Centers, Education Inequity, Housing, Domestic Violence, Homelessness.
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