Please visit this page for regular updates on the IRC in San Diego's response to COVID-19.
Effective Wednesday, March 18th, the IRC in San Diego has expanded on its response to the spread of COVID-19 and is conducting remote services only. The IRC will continue to serve our clients while the physical office is closed.
When the novel coronavirus reached California, IRC acted quickly to develop a mitigation and response plan which is now well under way. We continue to actively monitor updates from public health officials and are circulating CDC guidance with our staff, community partners, and clients—including resettled refugees, asylum-seekers, and vulnerable immigrant populations. This includes sharing best practices in social distancing, personal hygiene, and health with our staff and clients, including making this information accessible in multiple languages. We are committed to protecting the physical health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff and are grateful for our local community that continues to stand by us in support of refugee and immigrant communities during these uncertain times.
While our office has suspended in-person programming, we have been able to adapt service delivery to ensure the health and safety of our clients. IRC staff are:
- Calling each and every client to ensure that families have accurate, in-language health and safety information and are able to meet their basic needs
- Connecting families with resources such as public benefits, food banks, diaper banks, free internet options, and other resources
- We have established an internal employment task force to support clients across all programs who have been laid off, had hours reduced, or are at risk of losing their jobs
- Offering support loans with zero interest and zero payments for the first six months to current lending clients
- Supporting small businesses through our Small Business Development Center and helping microenterprise clients apply for Small Business Administration disaster loans
- Continuing to support current immigration clients on their applications and filings, and looking for ways to take on new clients remotely
- Supporting youth whose classes have been moved online to access their courses and connect with virtual tutoring
- Working to ensure asylum seekers have housing either in shelters, transitional housing, or short-term emergency stays
Want to help? You can support our work here. For more information, email our Development Coordinator, Lida Dianti, at Lida.Dianti [at] Rescue.org.