International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC in Atlanta Honored with Two Service Awards

IRC Atlanta was the proud recipient of two distinguished service awards this month in recognition of its work with displaced youth and adults.  

On the anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters in recent history, The Association of 2010 Haitian Earthquake Victims presented IRC Atlanta with an award “in recognition of significant humanitarian services provided to earthquake victims.”

The award was bestowed in honor of IRC Atlanta’s work with caregivers who accompanied Haitian medical evacuees to Atlanta. IRC offers them intensive job readiness training to prepare them for the American workplace and then matches them with appropriate employment opportunities so that they can support their families. Since November of last year, IRC Atlanta has served 13 Haitian earthquake survivors and their children.

IRC Atlanta’s Rachel Gast, a senior employment specialist, was honored at the ceremony for her work placing caregivers in appropriate jobs where they have enough flexibility to continue to attend medical appointments.

Rachel Gast with two Haitian earthquake survivors

IRC Atlanta’s Youth Futures Honored

Within the same week, IRC in Atlanta received the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, bestowed annually by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School.

The award was presented to the IRC in recognition of its Youth Futures program, which helps refugee teenagers in metropolitan Atlanta achieve academic success, graduate from high school, and choose a career path through counseling toward higher education or vocational paths.  Over 100 refugee teens participate in the Youth Futures daily after-school program, summer enrichment academy or summer internship program.

Bonnie Horton, Education Manager for IRC Atlanta, stated that she was “truly proud of all the hard work that was recognized at this year’s event” and “delighted that IRC was among cadre of great organizations who have received this award.”

The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta wishes to express sincere gratitude to Emory University and The Association of 2010 Haitian Earthquake Victims for the honor of this recognition.