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Last updated September 6, 2018

Empowering refugee women in the Austin, Texas community.

We've Got News!

Announcing: Ladies, Let's Talk.

Our conversational English practice 

for women only, Ladies, Let's Talk, 

will be a recurring program!


The first session is launching September 2018 under the guidance of its new Program Director, 

Chichi Armstrong


***September Session FULL**

Please click "NOTIFY ME" to receive an email when registration opens for the next session.

Want to join us as a volunteer?

We are currently accepting applications 

for English-speaking women 

to join Ladies, Let's Talk. 


The only requirement is that you be 

English-fluent, and ready for fun and friendship 

with our newly-arrived neighbors!

You asked for more dinners . . .

We are so excited to announce another 

Hope & Sesame Dinner


We'd love to see you all across the table at

A Taste of Syrian & Iraqi Cuisine 

on September 30.

About Us

Our Mission

Hope & Sesame is a Texas non-profit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to empowering recently-resettled refugees through opportunities to integrate economically and socially into the Austin community. 

Making Connections

We work to connect our Newcomers to the rest of the Austin community, and foster a two-way exchange of friendship and culture.


We also strive to connect to each other the many local people, organizations and businesses we've discovered who welcome and support our newest Austinites in a variety of different ways.

Our Chefs

So far, we have presented dinners prepared by Afghan and Syrian chefs, using their traditional, unwritten family recipes and techniques passed down from mothers to daughters. 


At our next dinner on September 30, 2018, 

we will be adding Iraqi cuisine to the menu!

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