Building Community Support for Refugees
Newly arrived refugees arrive with little or no personal possessions. They are eager to start over and immediately begin working to become self sufficient as quickly as possible.
Upon their arrival, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides refugees with essential services to include safe housing, community and cultural orientation, job placement and temporary financial assistance.
By providing small appliances, household items, computers or school supplies, IRC helps refugees focus their attention on learning English, securing a job and acclimating to their new home without worrying about every day basic needs.
IRC collects pantry and other household supplies and delivers them to the homes of newly arrived refugee families.
Recently, IRC interns delivered a car load of pantry items to a Burmese family of eight. IRC found the mom busy preparing dinner for her family soon to return from school and work.
“At first she was bashful,” said one of the IRC interns. “But, as she began to see items she needed, she quickly became enthusiastic and helped us unload the car, while occasionally sprinting back to the apartment to stir her soup.”