#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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From a Life of Abuse to a Life Of Purpose- With Kat McLead.

When you first meet Kat you will see a self-made woman who is living the dream life that many people desire to live. She runs a successful coaching business and is wakes up every day thankful for the life she is currently able to live alongside her husband and son. However, besides the success and accomplishments that Kat has had she has also dealt with an unfortunate past where her worth and dignity were belittled from a young age.

Kat has been holding in a secret about the past she experienced before the outward successes ever came into play, and she has made a powerful decision to share that secret with us today on the Relentless Minds podcast in hopes to inspire other women who may have experienced similar hardships. In this episode “From a Life of Abuse to a Life of Purpose”, Kat shares with us her painful memories being raised in an abusive household and how that affected her self-esteem growing up and led her to get involved in the sex industry at the age of 19. Kat openly and honestly shared her experiences being a stripper and dominatrix and how she was able to pick her life back up, learn that she was enough, and began to create the incredible life she is blessed to enjoy today.

*Attn: Unfortunately in this episode there were audio issues on behalf of the host and as a result some of her speech is muffled. However, Kat’s audio is crystal clear, therefore her entire story can be clearly and easily heard and appreciated. Thank you for your patience.

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The Power of Habit – With Vincent Miceli

In this episode you get front row seats to raw conversation between myself and Vincent Miceli, serial entrepreneur and founder of Verb and the Body Blueprint Gym. Vincent has been through extreme weight loss- shedding off 100 lbs, Filing for bankruptcy due to a failed business venture, and quitting a life of drugs and alcohol to get to where he is today. Vincent is all about how our habits can either make us or break us. We discuss how many of those habits are learned through life and the importance of continuously being aware of developing habits that help us lead the lives we desire. Vincent has key principles that guide him through life and keep him focused on chasing his passion, and he shares them in this episode. If you want to tap into the mind of a resilient power house- this is the episode for you!!

Vincent Miceli- Get In Touch!
@vincentmiceli
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Taking Back Control of Life After a Decade of Addiction- With Sam Anthony

Sam shares his story of struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for over a decade from his teen years into adulthood. Sam had an overdose which hospitalized him, but that wasn’t enough to break his addiction. One fateful night when he was caught and arrested for breaking and entering into a home of a friend, he decided he really needed to change. And change he did. Since that night Sam has dedicated his life to sharing his story with others to help inspire, motivate and encourage students and business professionals alike. This is a great episode with individuals dealing with their own struggles with addiction and also parents with children that might be at risk!

Sam Anthony- Get In Touch!
Samanthonyspeaks.com
Sam@samanthonyspeaks.com
@sam_anthony_speaks