Yassin's Falafel House in Knoxville, Tennessee, is run by Syrian refugee Yassin Terou, who migrated to the United States in 2011. For the past four years, he's used his restaurant as a neighborhood sanctuary for everyone, regardless of race, religion, color or politics. In 2017, for example, he hosted a candlelit vigil attended by a man yelling that immigrants were taking American jobs. Terou approached him, offered to buy him dinner, and even offered the man a job in his restaurant.
Last year his restaurant was voted the Nicest Place in America, and now it's offering free meals to federal employees who have not received paychecks since the partial government shutdown. How is Terou paying for the food? Community members are pitching in to cover the costs by making donations to the restaurant. Terou explains, "Government employees are our brothers and sisters and they are not going to be alone during the longest shutdown."