Episode 5: Afghan Refugee Support with Solutions in Hometown Connections

The Grasscast

Feb 14 2022 • 50 mins


This episode does a deep dive into the very important cause of supporting Afghan refugees, and is somehow also very fun. Chris Blackwood and guest Co-host, comedian Yasmine Elhady, interview Merritt Groschel – the Founder and Director of Solutions in Hometown Connections (SHC). SHC is an organization that supports immigrants and refugees in the DC Metropolitan area through connecting them to mentors, tutors, community groups and other resources needed to resettle.

A real life Afghan immigrant - Marzia Nazari - also joins the conversation and provides important perspective on her own experience of immigrating to Maryland with her family and escaping Taliban rule. They break down refugee stereotypes while leaning into American stereotypes, share some stories and laughs, and most importantly – learn about how refugees can be supported in their new lives abroad.

This episode includes Grassroots Comedy Show clips from comedians Yasmine Elhady, Christian Escoto, and Jaffer Khan. This may just be the funniest and most important episode yet!