The Lamont and Silo families lived in the same cul-de-sac in central Wagga when a chance meeting sparked a friendship.
"My little children, who are four and two, were riding our bikes around there and we rode past them, and they asked us in for tea," Zoe Lamont said.
"Norah and her family were sitting there, and then a friendship started."
After meeting them earlier in the year, the families quickly bonded and now Norah Silo, 17, works for the Lamont family at their MyChef business.
"I love Zoe, and she is great, and I love working for MyChef," she said.
"I love her kids they are so cute, and sometimes I teach them Arabic, the easy words like hello."
Norah escaped Iraq because it was not safe for her family.
Ms Lamont was struck by the Silos' humility and generosity, especially considering the incredible pain and suffering they had experienced.
"It opens your eyes," she said.
"It has been awesome for my kids because now Freddie, my four-year-old, wants to look Iraq up on the map and Norah is even teaching him some Arabic.
"I think it's incredibly important for the next generations coming up that have not experienced any hardship to have that perspective."
Ms Lamont said the concept of getting to know your neighbours and building a community right in your street is becoming lost.
"When you speak to Middle Eastern people, they are used to being in a village which is quite neighbour-centric," she said.
"They sit on their front stairs looking for an exchange, but we camp out the back looking for privacy, and we miss out."
While the dinners, cups of tea and bike rides are frequent, the families are also always there when one needs help in a difficult time.
Ms Lamont found out one day her grandmother had fallen ill, meaning she had to rush to Sydney.
However, her husband was busy managing their business.
"I called Norah to ask her to help, and she was there within five minutes," she said.
"Then we help them with filling out forms or driving them somewhere, so that neighbour exchange is invaluable.
"I also think it is inspiring to see Wagga becoming more and more multicultural, and I think it is worth celebrating."
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