IRC Atlanta Opens its House to the Community
Fun, learning and celebration were in store for more than 200 visitors who attended the inaugural Open House at IRC in Atlanta’s new facility. The IRC moved to the new Northlake location in December, after nearly 20 years on Memorial Drive.
Visitors to the Open House were able to get an in-depth look at how refugee resettlement works, and the extended services that IRC Atlanta offers to refugees and asylees to ensure that they achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Staff from every sector of IRC Atlanta’s operations – from resettlement and immigration to volunteer services and education, talked about their day-to-day work with refugees and answered questions. Over thirty refugees, who had been resettled by IRC Atlanta over the years, acted as ambassadors to answer questions and guide people through the facility.
Some youth ambassadors with IRC staff member Haimi Haile Photo: IRC
A delicious array of international food was donated by three local area restaurants: Café Istanbul, which serves Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, Kathmandu Kitchen & Grill, a new Nepalese restaurant in Clarkston that is owned by a recently resettled Bhutanese refugee, and Halal Pizza, which sells Somalian food in Clarkston. IRC Atlanta is grateful for this community support!
IRC resettlement case manager Nikhil Rao said, “People were most curious to know how we find jobs for the refugees we resettle, and they were impressed that we get refugees into work in three to six months.” He added, “Everyone was very sensitive to the shock that refugees may experience in resettling to a new, totally different country and culture. We work with each family extensively to help them adjust, and we connect them with community members. That’s very helpful.”
If you missed the Open House, you are always welcome to get an in-person tour from an IRC staff member. Give us a call at 678-636-8929 to set up your visit.