On April 26th, RefugeeOne will hold its annual Many Voices One Vision Gala to help raise money for refugee support.  This is a special event for Eli’s Cheesecake because our own Elias Kasongo will be the keynote speaker.  RefugeeOne is a resettlement agency that helps refugees acclimate into life in the U.S. after being forced to leave their homes.  The organization offers job placement services, English language education, and a host of other services to refugees finding solace in the United States.  In 1990, Elias fled from a deadly regime in his home country of Zaire (now the Congo) and spent four years in Zambia before receiving a visa to come to the United States.  RefugeeOne met Elias at the airport and set him up with an interview at Eli’s Cheesecake to join as a member of the cleaning crew.  Over the next 19 years, Elias attended college and moved through the ranks at Eli’s Cheesecake to become a Senior Buyer.  We are honored to have Elias as part of the Eli’s Cheesecake family and we look forward to seeing him at RefugeeOne’s annual gala this Saturday.  To read more of Elia’s story, click here and to purchase tickets for the event, click here.

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