Patricia Martin Holt

Patricia Martin Holt was named a Georgia Author of the Year and awarded an Independent Publishers Association Bronze Medal for her first book, Committee of One, an account of a fabric project in Amman Jordan involving Palestinian refugees.

In Jordan, Holt got to know refugees and saw how they could blossom in the right conditions. Later, after moving to a Georgia suburb, Holt was drawn to the community of Clarkston, a local hub of refugee resettlement.

In Empower a Refugee, we hear the voices of refugee women in Clarkston and learn about Denise Smith, a woman whose faith compels her to help these women gain vital income and self-esteem by sewing and selling one-of-a-kind handbags.

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