International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Programs in Charlottesville


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 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.

Job Readiness Classes: The IRC holds a fifteen week job readiness class to prepare refugees for the American workplace.  The course covers topics including the US economy and job markets, preparing for interviews, retaining employment, career development, and more.


Integration Program: This livelihood focused integration program helps refugees move toward financial security and integrate into their community.  The IRC assists refugees in pursuing opportunities for higher education, career advancement, purchasing a home, obtaining citizenship, and more. 


Financial Literacy: The IRC conducts weekly financial literacy classes for refugees on subjects including banking, credit, budgeting, and financial planning.  Additionally, refugees are provided with tax preparation information and given referrals to financial institutions and microenterprise programs on a case by case basis.

Community Integration and Development

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

Community Interpreter Services: The IRC provides trained foreign language interpreters to local hospitals, schools, courts, and organizations serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons.  All IRC interpreters are English language proficient and have successfully completed a minimum of 16-hours of training.  Interpreters are available by appointment and offer services in over 20 languages.  All interpreters follow a code of ethics that includes confidentiality, accuracy, and client self-determination. Learn more >

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.


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 providing assistance with one-on-one English tutoring, mentoring newly arrived families, setting up apartments, helping refugees find employment, and more.

Health and Wellness

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

Medical Case Management: The IRC begins planning for refugees’ medical needs before arrival and pays particular attention to refugees with complex medical issues such as chronic health conditions and disabilities.  The IRC advocates for refugees to insure they have access to medical care including medications, transportation, and health benefits. 


Family Support Initiative:  The IRC provides a comprehensive array of services to refugee families including individual and group counseling, child enrichment activities, and school liaison services to ensure that both children and adults successfully adjust to life in the United States.

Children, Youth and Education

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

English Program:  This volunteer supported English program provides recently arrived refugee adults with daily classes in survival English, life-skills training, and community learning opportunities.