International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Programs in Dallas/Abilene


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 toward 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.

 

Refugee Social Services Employment: This employment services program assists refugees with job placement, job upgrades, vocational training and professional recertification for up to five years from their date of arrival.

 

Refugee Cash Assistance: Refugee Cash Assistance enables participants to pay rent and utilities while they are concurrently enrolled in an employment program during their first four to eight months in the US.

 

Job Readiness English: This employment focused English program trains participants in vital language skills needed for securing a first job in the US, including support with job applications, answering interview questions, and building a workplace vocabulary.


Community Integration and Development

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

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 of volunteers to IRC staff in the United States, volunteers amplify IRC's ability to address the needes of refugees while ensuring that they feel welcomed into their new communities. Volunteers support IRC's programs by settign up apartments for new arrivals, picking up refugees from the airport, helping refugees find employment, preparing them for interviews, and 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.

 

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


Health and Wellness

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

Refugee Social Services: This extended case management program helps refugees independently navigate health and emergency services and ultimately improve overall economic self-sufficiency.