The Hit Magazine Miami will be recoginizing the extraordinary work of Cristina Collado in its march edition. Cristina Collado joined the IRC in Miami in 1992, providing case management services to Cuban refugees arriving in South Florida. Later, she supervised the program that handled the resettlement of refugees who fled Cuba by raft in 1994 and 1995 and had been detained at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.
Miami was recently awarded $25,000 for Employment Services from the ACE Foundation. These funds allowed the office to hire a part-time employment specialist that will provide in-house job readiness training to IRC Miami clients. This training will compliment existing employment services while providing basic workplace English, FSA Certification for food handlers, work safety and customer service training.
The IRC Miami office will participate for the first time ever in 2010 Coconut Grove Arts Festival. The festival is among the best of Miami's annual arts and cultural events. It attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year who come to see and buy the works of over 330 artists.
Charity Happy Hour to benefit International Rescue Committee - Haiti Relief took place at the Mutiny Hotel on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 6pm - 10:00pm. Drinks and hors' ouerves were donated by Atchana's East/West Kitchen. The event was hosted by remarkable volunteer Ronald Starkman among other community supporters: Siripon Lek Chuaindhara, Tatiana Abello, Ivan Amayo, Carl Kruse, Shavala Magri, Amalia Merino, Aslynn Rivera and Katherine Wald. In partnership with the IRC - Miami staff the event committtee successfully raised over $15,000 to strengthen IRC's relief efforts in Haiti.
On Saturday, December 12th, 2009, over 250 families, volunteers, staff members, donors and local celebrities came to the Annual Holiday Party at the Miami Children’s Museum; the children toured the castle of dreams, which is a two story castle displaying sands from around the world, a 900-gallon marine tank, a health & wellness center, and a bank.
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus also made an appearance to distribute presents to every child who attended the event.
From Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, to Miami, Florida, the journey to start one’s life again and the search for independence has not ended for the Makembo family. Sylvie Makembo, Chris, Elie, and Aud Bakala strive daily for personal independence amid new customs and a new language since their arrival in the Sunshine State.
Employment is key to effective resettlement of every refugee family. Over the past year IRC clients have struggled to find jobs, uncovering a deepening crisis that runs parallel to the growing unemployment rate of the Miami-DadeCommunity. To ensure that every client will achieve their goal of financial self-sufficiency, IRC staff and volunteers have ‘hit the pavement,’ so to speak, making phone calls and knocking on the doors of local businesses in pursuit of opportunities for refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking.
When her parents gave their daughter a name that means a place of refuge they hardly imagined they would soon be seeking that very thing, running from the persecution they faced in their native Cuba for their political and religious beliefs. At nine, Oasis fled with them to Spain, eventually settled in Miami and became a caseworker for the International Rescue Committee, where she's since devoted her life to helping others like herself find their way on what she calls the refugee's flight of freedom.
Miami - (December 1, 2009) - Tickets are now on sale for the 75th anniversary celebration of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an internationally recognized relief and development agency operating in 42 countries to aid people and communities directly affected by war, civil conflict, or oppression.