#Purposeful – The Refugee Crisis Through the Eyes of a Former Refugee. A Personal Story.

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Today in this episode of the Purposeful Series I interview Aden Batar, who was a former Somali refugee who fled with his family from Somalia during their Civil war in 1992. Over the 2 years that they hid in silence in Somalia Aden and his family experienced constant threats to their life, and sadly faced the death of his 2 year old son due to the conditions of the war-torn country and the family’s inability to access proper medical care.  Aden chose a life of service once he arrived in America and has dedicated his life to the work of helping other refugees resettle and properly integrate in America through the services of the resettlement agency he works with. 

In this interview Aden shares his experience of fleeing the Civil war in Somalia and seeking refuge first in Kenya and finally, the United States. He also brings to light the truth behind the current refugee crisis worldwide and the desperate state that many families are experiencing as a result of this. Having dedicated nearly 25 years of his life to working with refugees and having first-hand experience of his own, Aden reveals the realities behind who the refugees are as people, and what they are truly hoping for by seeking refuge in America. 

Currently a key component of refugees recieving proper help and resources to restart their life in America is through the resettlement agencies that are located throughout the Country. These agencies are becoming more scarce as the current refugee admissions ceiling decreases every year and funding for these agencies are retracted. If this continues down the path it’s headed then families seeking shelter and safety will be left without recourse and continue to experience more hardships in addition to the ones they are fleeing from.

The different ways that we can support and assist resettlement agencies in their efforts to help refugee families in need is through the following:

  1. Advocate: Reaching out to your Congressional Representatives and leaders to communicate your support of resettlement agencies staying open and receiving the funding needed to help refugees.
  2. Donate: Contribute to the cause through financial support and donate so that staff and volunteers can continue to fund their programs and services. Follow this link here to donate to the Catholic Community Services that Aden Batar works at as an Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director .
  3. Volunteer: Contribute to the cause through your time and see how you can get involved at a resettlement agency near you. There are volunteering opportunities that range from being a mentor to fostering a child who is unaccompanied by a parent and in need of a loving environment. Find a resettlement agency near you with this link and get involved!

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“I Chose Life”. Beating The Statistics of Teen Pregnancy- With Daisy Torres

Welcome back, in today’s episode I speak with Daisy Torres and her struggles early on in life when she became a mother at the young age of 16 years old. Coming from a family that worked very hard to make ends meet, Daisy was devastated when she realized that being pregnant meant that she might not be able to get ahead in life and pursue the career she had always dreamed of- that of becoming an architect. In this episode Daisy shares her story of her early life and humble beginnings, the challenges she went through being a teenage mom, and how she was able to beat the statistics for teenage mothers getting a formal education. Daisy, thankfully and with a lot of hard work, was able to get herself through school and achieve her dream.

Daisy places a lot of credit for her success on the support that her family gave her throughout her journey that she says made it all possible. Due to this Daisy is very passionate about spreading awareness about the importance of empowering and supporting young mothers, along with praising them for choosing life, rather than frowning upon them. This, Daisy attests, is what is truly needed to help these young women succeed.

About the guest: Daisy Torres-Pertuz is the VP of Development for Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s leading urban real estate firms specializing in the development, ownership and operation of architecturally distinctive mixed-use high rises in major cities across the United States.

If you wish to support the organization that Daisy spoke about in the interview here is the information below!


Our Mother’s Home: A Non-Profit organization that focuses on assisting young women in the foster program by supporting them in a home that has been set up for them to keep their children under their care while they continue pursuing their high school education. Most women in these circumstances either have no family or have been abandoned by their families.


If you wish to help, please follow the link HERE

When Hope is the Only Answer- With Jim Stavis

Jim was diagnosed with type I diabetes at 17 years old and spent 35 years coping with the disease. After facing near failure of his heart and kidney he underwent surgeries spanning over 2 years to replace his heart, kidney and pancreas. This lead him to be cured of his diabetes and lifelong ailments. Now Jim dedicates his life to sharing his story and spreading hope to others. In addition to his stepping into the limelight as a speaker, Jim also runs a successful steel company based out of California, and has been doing so for the last 30 years.

How Having Full Control of Mindset Can Take You Far- With John Victoria

In this episode we sit down with John Victoria, a young successful entrepreneur who has focused on self-development and getting his mind right from when he was a pre-teen. The beliefs and values that he has created for himself has not only strengthened him to get through risks and challenges in life, but ultimately has made him one of the youngest thriving entrepreneurs I know. He shares everything from his struggles in life to how he got through them, and his overall philosophies in life in this episode.

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Johngabrielvictoria@gmail.com OR John@polianna.net
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Laurie Jimenez- My Personal Story Uncensored. Part 2

Many people ask me what it was that inspired me to create the Relentless Minds Podcast and why I am so passionate about helping others “own their story and create their lives”. This is part 2 of 2 episodes where I disclose key adversities in my life that I had to conquer. Challenges that broke me and then made me stronger when I found the strength to say “No More”. I delve deep into my emotions and the mindset that kept me fighting towards a better life for myself. You will learn about the ugly truths of my past, the period where I started to grow and find myself, and then finally how all of that tied into forming the inspiration for this podcast and my overall brand of RELENTLESS MINDS.

Laurie Jimenez- My Personal Story Uncensored. Part 1

Many people ask me what it was that inspired me to create the Relentless Minds Podcast and why I am so passionate about helping others “own their story and create their lives”. This is part 1 of 2 episodes where I disclose key adversities in my life that I had to conquer. Challenges that broke me and then made me stronger when I found the strength to say “No More”. I delve deep into my emotions and the mindset that kept me fighting towards a better life for myself. You will learn about the ugly truths of my past, the period where I started to grow and find myself, and then finally how all of that tied into forming the inspiration for this podcast and my overall brand of RELENTLESS MINDS.