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The IRC in Dallas is the Launch Pad for the Modelo Fighting Chance Project

On November 16, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Dallas and Modelo launched the Modelo Fighting Chance Project.  The give back initiative aims to make a positive impact in the lives of Refugees, Immigrants and Americans in need providing them with the financial tools and support they need to achieve their vision of the American dream. This three-year commitment totals $1 million, which includes donations and other efforts.

In its first year, Modelo’s donation has already funded a new Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) in Dallas. Through educational programs and job assistance initiatives, the FOC helps IRC clients integrate into their communities while building a foundation for lasting economic independence and financial success. The grant has also sponsored new training for financial coaches in 10 other IRC offices.

The IRC in Dallas is grateful that Modelo is committed to honoring those with the Fighting Spirit, like the individuals we serve every day.

IRC staff help clients prepare resumes in Economic Empowerment.

IRC staff help clients prepare resumes in Economic Empowerment.

Photo: IRC/Michele Villarreal

From reinvigorating local economies to adding to the cultural fabric of our cities and towns, refugees bring immense value to the communities they call home,” said Lauren Gray, senior director of institutional philanthropy and partnerships at the International Rescue Committee. “Now, more than ever before, it’s critical we build inclusive communities and ensure all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Partnerships, like the one with Modelo, reinforce that an investment in a refugee is one that ensures a stronger, healthier and more prosperous future for us all.”

"Our immigrant community in Dallas is part of what makes our city such a great place to live and work,” said Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings. “They help revitalize our city, drive our economy and contribute to our cultural and ideological diversity. The Modelo Fighting Chance Project’s partnership with the IRC is a key step toward efforts to integrate new residents into the city and our community. On behalf of the City of Dallas, we are appreciative of this investment, which I know will have real impact - today and into the future.”

To learn more about The Modelo Fighting Chance Project and its work with the IRC, visit www.Modelousa.com/FightingChance and Rescue.org/FightingChance, and follow the social conversation with #ModeloFightingChanceProject.

To support the IRC in Dallas, donate here.