IRC Programs in Northern California
- Economic Empowerment
- Community Integration and Development
- Children, Youth and Education
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.
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.
Career-Based Training: IRC offers career based training scholarships to qualified refugees to increase their economic self-sufficiency and long term career opportunities. The cost of professional certification is often a barrier for refugees who wish to re-enter professions they left behind or in order to access new careers with higher earning potential.
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.
Children, Youth and Education
Providing educational and developmental opportunities that build the essential academic, personal and social skills needed to succeed.
Refugee Financial Aid: Funded by a grant from the Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, the IRC offers college scholarships to help refugees meet the cost of tuition and achieve their academic dreams.