From Friday, March 13 and until further notice, the IRC in Atlanta office is closed and our staff is working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, there has been no known COVID-19 exposure at our office, or among our staff, volunteers and clients. These measures are precautionary and based on guidance from experts. The IRC will continue to serve our clients while the physical office is closed. In fact, many families need our support now more than ever—and you can help!
Refugee families will be disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19 on our community in the coming weeks. Please donate to the IRC in Atlanta’s Crisis Prevention Fund and help us ensure our newest neighbors have the resources and services they need to get through this trying time. No donation is too small!
Together we can:
Make up for reduced access to essential services
When schools and daycare centers close, IRC clients often do not have other options for childcare and will have to miss work to care for their children. There will be many cascading impacts of this outbreak over the weeks and months to come, which will result in our clients needing increased help from IRC.
Help families impacted by interruptions to employment and unexpected leaves of absence
Many IRC clients work in industries being hit hardest by COVID-19, including hospitality, food service, airports and others. Newcomers do not qualify for unemployment benefits or other COVID-19 employment-related benefits because they have not yet worked in the U.S. long enough. This means many families will need extra support with rent, utilities and other basic needs in the coming weeks and months.
Support people at higher risk for COVID-19
One of our first priorities is ensuring people at higher risk for the illness have the information and resources they need to stay healthy. IRC case managers are providing individualized outreach to all clients, so they understand COVID-19, how to contact their doctor and how to keep their families safe. Together, we can all support this resilient and resourceful community who are rebuilding their lives in our state.
The IRC in Atlanta is here for refugees and immigrants no matter what. Thanks for being here with us.
The IRC in Atlanta team.