International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Programs in Baltimore


Resettlement

Meeting the basic needs for food, shelter and legal rights in the early, critical stages of resettlement.

Reception & Placement: Through a partnership with the Department of State, the IRC assists over 10,000 refugees to resettle in the U.S. every year.   IRC staff and volunteers meet refugees at the airport and provide initial housing, furnishings, food, and clothing.   Additional services include employment assistance, health and social service referrals, vocational training, English-language classes, and orientation to their new community.  The IRC helps refugees to move towards self-sufficiency and integration in 22 U.S. cities.


Economic Empowerment

Protecting, supporting and improving household livelihoods and financial security.

Early Employment Services: The IRC provides vocational counseling, resume preparation, job search and placement services, and financial assistance for basic needs with the goal of helping refugees find their first job in America and achieve early economic self-sufficiency. To connect with IRC's employment team, email MatchGrant.Baltimore@Rescue.org


Professional Pathways: The IRC offers monthly professional development workshops to refugees on topics including networking, interviewing, banking, credit building, recertification programs and more.


Community Integration and Development

Strengthening communities and preparing individuals to participate fully in American society.

Volunteer Program:  With over five times the number volunteers to IRC staff in the United States, volunteers amplify IRC’s ability to address the needs of refugees while insuring that they feel welcomed into their new communities.  Volunteers support IRC’s programs by setting up apartments for new arrivals, picking up refugees from the airport, helping refugees find employment, preparing them for interviews, and more.  Learn more >

Family Mentor Program:  Family Mentors are volunteers that meet with assigned refugee families to practice English, assist with unfamiliar tasks and activities, and provide a helping hand to welcome them into the community.


Immigration Services: The IRC offers high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services, assisting refugees and other vulnerable populations.  Services include representation in connection with filing of applications and petitions for adjustment of status, family reunification, naturalization and other immigration benefits. In many locations, the IRC also offers classes in English language and civics to prepare individuals for naturalization. In helping refugees to attain citizenship, the IRC strengthens communities and encourages civic integration and participation.


Health and Wellness

Promoting wellness and ensuring access to healthcare services that address physical and psychological needs.

Public Health Program: The IRC works to improve public health education and access to healthcare for refugees by offering health orientations and workshops in collaboration with partner agencies, coordinating health intakes and insurance consultations, and doing outreach to community health partners to build strong provider networks and develop culturally sensitive resources.

Extended Services Case Management: The Extended Services Case Management Program provides short-term crisis intervention assistance to vulnerable clients, including but not limited to clients with serious medical conditions, disabilities, or in financial or family crises. Services focus on promoting community integration and self-sufficiency.


Protection

Promoting durable solutions and ensuring life-saving protection of vulnerable populations.

Advocacy: The IRC’s Advocacy Program works to empower refugees to advocate for themselves and their communities through activities such as the Refugee Stories Project, where refugees are coached on how to present their stories to American audiences.

Asylee Program: Aslyees share the same legal definition as refugees, however their status is granted in the U.S. instead of abroad.  The IRC provides case management services to certified asylees and supports them in accessing medical assistance and other benefits.  If eligible, aslyees are enrolled, in partnership with the state of Maryland, in an 8 month early employment program that provides them with temporary housing and living assistance.


Children, Youth and Education

Providing educational and developmental opportunities that build the essential academic, personal and social skills needed to succeed.

Youth Program: The IRC provides direct support in enrolling refugee youth in school, conducting school orientations, and coordinating trainings with the school district to enhance the capacity of teachers to support refugee students.  Further, IRC offers workshops and trainings for refugee parents to encourage meaningful involvement in their children’s education.