IRC Programs in Salt Lake City
- Economic Empowerment
- Community Integration and Development
- Health and Wellness
- 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. The IRC in Salt Lake City resettles roughly 500 individuals per 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.
Extended Case Management: Case management services are provided to all clients for their first two years in Utah. Services include regular home visits, needs assessments, crisis management, and supporting refugees to become self sufficient in the areas of health, employment, personal finances, housing, and education.
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. To learn more, please contact Nolan.Labarge@Rescue.org.
Job Club: IRC’s Job Club trains refugees in vital skills needed for securing a first job in the US, including support with job applications, answering interview questions, and building a workplace vocabulary.
Computer Class: IRC's Computer Class teaches refugees how to use a computer to search for employment. Attendees will learn how to safely navigate the internet to search and apply for jobs.
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 the filing of applications and petitions for adjustment of status, family reunification, naturalization and other immigration benefits. In helping refugees to attain citizenship, the IRC strengthens communities and encourages civic integration and participation.
Civics and Citizenship Education: The Citizenship Education Program at the IRC in Salt Lake City prepares refugees to take the U.S. Citizenship exam. Classes focus on American Government, History and Geography, as well as English Language instruction and vocabulary. One-to-one volunteer tutoring provides more in-depth, personalized instruction. To learn more, please contact Anna.Springer@Rescue.org.
New Roots: New Roots seeks to build a healthier community through the development of small scale, urban farms and community gardens while increasing food access for refugees in Salt Lake City. To learn more about New Roots, click here. If you have any questions please contact Grace.Henley@Rescue.org.
Volunteer Program: Every year over 350 volunteers, both individuals and groups, work with the IRC in Salt Lake City. Volunteers work within all programs alongside staff to ensure all refugees receive necessary services. To view all intern and volunteer opportunities, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact VolunteerSLC@Rescue.org.
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. For more information, please contact Lyn.Spataro@Rescue.org.
Health and Wellness
Promoting wellness and ensuring access to healthcare services that address physical and psychological needs.
Care and Coordination: The Care and Coordination Program assists refugees in securing a primary medical home and access to specialized care.
Maternal and Child Health: The Maternal & Child Health Program works to ensure that all pregnant refugee women receive pre-natal and postpartum care. Additionally all eligible women and children are enrolled in the local WIC program, a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children provided by the county.
Latent TB Infection: The LTBI Program facilitates the treatment of latent tuberculosis for newly arrived refugees. Refugees referred into the program receive education and support through a Peer Support Worker for the duration of their treatment.
HIV/Sexual Health: This peer support program provides culturally sensitive education to refugees on the topic of HIV/AIDS and sexual health.
Special Needs Case Management: The IRC provides special needs refugees with additional casemanagement assistance to help coordinate health appointments, access special needs resources, and connect to community services.
Food Security and Nutrition: Through advocacy, education, community gardening, and resource development, the IRC provides refugees with opportunities to access healthy foods and nutrition education in Salt Lake City.
Refugee Well-Being: The Refugee Well-Being Program works to strengthen the emotional health of refugees through regular emotional well-being assessments and culturally appropriate support services.
Children, Youth and Education
Providing educational and developmental opportunities that build the essential academic, personal and social skills needed to succeed.
Youth Program: Through a 10-week curriculum based program, IRC assists refugee youth in building the skills needed to navigate the academic and social challenges of integrating into a new community. Activities focus on acculturation, socialization and English language development with one-to-one support from volunteer mentors.
Homework Help: This weekly afterschool program provides tutoring and academic assistance to refugee youth with support from community volunteers.
PLAY Mentors: PLAY Mentors matches community volunteer mentors with graduates from the Refugee Youth Program to provide assistance in the areas of English, skill-building, and adjusting to life in the US.
Education Liaison: The IRC provides direct support in identifying appropriate schools for newly arrived refugees, enrolling refugee youth in school, and coordinating information sharing with the school district. Further, the IRC offers in-house orientation classes on education related topics to refugee parents and children.
Family Strengthening: The Family Strengthening Program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate support services to refugee families through classes, workshops, mentee opportunities, and partnerships in the community.