As you know from the recent events on the ground in Afghanistan, we are living through a humanitarian crisis that will define this year and possibly this generation.
Over the last three months, the IRC in Atlanta has welcomed over 550 Afghan evacuees—more than the total number of refugees our office has resettled over the last two fiscal years combined! But in times of crisis and need, there are always those community members who are motivated to act in order to help their fellow sisters and brothers during times of hardship.
We see first-hand that the Atlanta community has its doors and hearts open in the spirit of offering refuge and hope to people from around the world seeking safety, and together we stand ready to welcome Afghan arrivals and support them to integrate and thrive in our state while continuing to support newly arrived refugee families from other crisis areas around the world—such as Syria, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thank you for answering that call.
With your support, we can continue to cover the cost of temporary accommodation for Afghan families—over $250,000 spent already in less than three months—as our team works to secure permanent housing. You make sure that we can cover medical costs for vulnerable new arrivals—expectant mothers and individuals suffering from long-term illnesses—and provide hot meals, grocery boxes and hygiene kits as soon as families get off the plane. We’ve also hired 30 new staff—with many more positions still to be filled—including Afghan community members and SIV recipients who also served and supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
If you have not yet made your year-end donation, it’s not too late to make a tax-deductible gift. Please recommit to this work alongside us and make a donation today at Rescue.org/GiveAtlanta to support the humanitarian mission of the IRC in Atlanta, the people we serve and communities in which we work.
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To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Senior Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.