International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The Shop Where Everything is Free

It’s Thursday morning at the IRC, and Susan Hope arrives at 10am to help newly arrived refugee families pick out clothing, shoes, and household items at the IRC’s Resettlement Shop. Susan has been an active IRC  Atlanta volunteer for over ten years, and loves meeting newly resettled refugees. Even though it’s called a “shop”, all items are free of charge to clients, who come to the store during their first four months after arriving in the United States.

Since the shop runs 100% on community donations, Susan brings in items from her friends and family, helps sort donations, and keeps the shop well stocked. And she’s not the only one. IRC volunteers are a vital part of managing the shop. Volunteers, like Susan, staff the Resettlement Shop in the mornings and help sort donations in the afternoons.

The shop is also a popular place for groups to volunteer. Recently, a group from Berean Christian Church as well as a class of freshmen participating in The Lovett School’s Service Initiation for the Ninth Grade program came to work in the shop for a morning.

“The shop could not function without its volunteers,” says Duncan de la Feld, IRC’s new Donations Coordinator.  “They know where everything is and can help refugee clients find whatever they need, they keep the checkout moving, and stay after to restock the shelves.”

IRC Atlanta's new Donations Coordinator in the Resettlement Shop
Photo: The IRC in Atlanta

Duncan manages the shop and helps ensure that refugee clients have access to items of necessity – everything from diapers and baby blankets to warm winter coats and school supplies.

Duncan is on-hand every Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, to accept new and gently used donations that refugees can use in their everyday lives. To learn more about getting involved at the Resettlement Shop, you can contact Duncan at Duncan.delaFeld@Rescue.org or 678-636-8933.  

Click here to see a list of the most needed and scarce items for refugee families.