International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Roots: The food is local. The story is global.

As an essential part of our broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables refugees to celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities.

New Roots is about healthy families, secure communities and a more sustainable future. It’s about dignity, determination and the boundless possibility of human connection. And it’s about the power of people to heal and nurture positive change from the ground up.

In 22 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettled refugees with the assistance they need to survive and thrive. Through New Roots and a range of other programs, we are helping them to establish a strong future for themselves, their communities and our world.

New Roots in Seattle

In 2010, the IRC in Seattle partnered with St. Thomas Catholic Church and Forterra to create Namaste Garden.  The garden is cultivated by refugees who see it as more than a source of food – it’s also a source of solace and empowerment.   One gardener puts it best: “I see home in this small piece of land."