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Luma provided the refugees with an escape from the daily difficulties and troubles they faced. A common goal and bond created by a sport they all loved and led by a woman who genuinely cared, gave them the strength to avoid the pitfalls and disappointments their resettlements afforded. The arrival of the refugees in Clarkston was resented by much of the community. There was a lack of communication, organization, and over time, opposition to the program escalated. Luma's soccer program enabled not only the refugees to bond, but eventually brought the community together as well.