Community Partners Supporting Refugees
Dedicated to empowering refugees rebuilding their lives, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas relies strongly on donor and volunteer support, such as that provided by Sister Amira and the Islamic Community Center of North Texas.
Waiting to speak with Sister Amira, one can’t help but notice that her phone rings every 10 minutes.
“I just can’t stand when people need a little help” she explains. “Just a little help,” she adds, “can solve so many problems.”
Her work among refugees began when a friend invited her to get involved in community service helping refugees. Thirteen years later, she continues to be a key resource for refugees and is an important partner for the IRC in Dallas.
Arun Chauhan, IRC case worker says, “Sister Amira understands the challenges of straddling two cultures. She has helped my clients adjust culturally.”
As a community partner of the IRC in Dallas, the Islamic Community Center of North Texas has provided school supplies and uniforms, winter coats, furniture, and financial assistance to refugees resettled by the IRC in Dallas. Sister Amira says her organization is part of the refugee resettlement journey. “She helps everyone irrespective of their religion,” says IRC case worker Sharefa Daw.
“I just can’t say no,” she says as she smiles warmly at a refugee family from Ethiopia who have just entered her office.
To learn more about how you or your organization can also get involved supporting refugees, email VolunteerDallas@Rescue.org in Dallas or VolunteerAbilene@Rescue.org in Abilene.