Earlier this year, the Phoenix and Tucson offices united to become the IRC in Arizona. The instincts that drove Einstein to establish the IRC in the 1930s – the value of cooperation across communities, the need to use both the head and the heart to save lives, and the importance of innovation to tackle seemingly insurmountable humanitarian challenges – were at the core of this unification. This shift strengthened our offices to face a challenging and ever-changing landscape for the people we assist and the services we proudly provide.
We have been humbled and inspired by the response from the Phoenix and Tucson communities during this challenging year. You have responded to the attack on the refugee resettlement program and the growing humanitarian crisis at the border through financial support, making hygiene kits, volunteering with our clients, and making thousands of calls to elected officials. Your support has ensured that we can offer emergency assistance to refugees and immigrants in crisis, guide refugees to become new American citizens, and welcome the most vulnerable families. For this, we are truly thankful!
Through your support, in 2019 alone, our offices in Phoenix and Tucson worked with over 10,500 vulnerable refugees and immigrants!
- Over 6,000 Asylum Seeking Families were welcomed in Phoenix by the IRC and community partners with food, clothing, a medical assessment, and family reunification. The IRC provided long-term care to 231 asylum seekers including services like housing, counseling and pro-bono legal assistance.
- Over 800 refugees and immigrants worked with our Immigration team to become new American citizens.
- The Economic Empowerment program provided 93 micro loans to build healthy credit, or to aid in the purchase of a car to get to work. An additional 205 refugees were given assistance in purchasing a home.
Despite the attack on the refugee program and policies that limit the legal right to seek asylum, migrants are still coming through our doors. Since opening the Welcome Center in July, for example, we’ve helped over 650 asylum seekers! Every week we see a new set of exhausted and traumatized families who are greeted with a hot meal and a welcoming smile. We also continue to receive refugees from Democratic Republic of the Congo and Eritrea who are looking for home.
Every member of our staff - from the case worker greeting a newly resettled family at the airport in Tucson, to the counselor helping a refugee overcome trauma in Phoenix - is stronger when people like you are standing behind them.
Thank you for standing with refugees and asylum seekers. Thank you for standing with us!
With gratitude and best wishes for the New Year,
The IRC in Arizona
You can help us extend this welcome to refugees and immigrants that continue to come to Arizona seeking safety by making an online donation at:
Phoenix – www.Rescue.org/GivePhoenix
Tucson - www.Rescue.org/GiveTucson