Staff potluck celebrates New Year and new beginnings
On January 20, staff members from the IRC in Phoenix came together for a potluck party and white elephant gift exchange. The potluck had a multicultural theme with staff bringing a variety of tasty, ethnic dishes to share such as Baklava, Kenefe (Middle Eastern desert), and Momo (Bhutanese dumplings). The Phoenix office has a very diverse staff, originating from fifteen different countries including several former refugees. There was dancing, music and all around good spirits as staff members took time to enjoy and reflect upon the services they are so passionate about delivering to their clients throughout the year.
“To come together and celebrate runs across all cultures. Events like this one remind us how fortunate we are to work in such a culturally rich environment.” said Nicky Walker, Development Manager.
“It was an important social gathering, an opportunity for employees to interact in a different social setting, taste different ethnic food and communicate with each other,” said Yasmin Badri, Financial Education Program Coordinator.
The IRC Phoenix office welcomes another year of working to help refugees from all over the world reach self-sufficiency here in the United States. We look forward to better serving our clients and building quality partnerships and engagement with the local Phoenix community.
Story by Nesima Aberra, Communications Intern
Picture by Ryan Heward, Case Worker Assistant