On Giving Tuesday, the IRC in Denver surpassed the GoFundMe goal of $10,000 for emergency relief to support refugees and immigrants impacted by COVID-19!
To date, a total of $13,665 has been raised by individual supporters in Colorado to assist community members in need. Thank you!
How does my donation make a difference?
During this stressful and unusual time, many individuals and families are experiencing economic hardship. The people the IRC in Denver serves are among the most vulnerable and most negatively impacted in the context of COVID-19. Current and former clients are looking to IRC to assist them now that they have lost employment, are working reduced hours, or must miss work to care for children due to school and summer camp closures. Meeting basic needs, such as paying the rent and purchasing food, has become a struggle. Additionally, the IRC in Denver serves more than 100 survivors of torture who are seeking asylum and are ineligible for most public benefits and services. The IRC is the only buffer they have, given the extreme vulnerability they are experiencing during this time.
Your support is allowing the IRC in Denver to prioritize client needs and help clients feel as physically safe, emotionally well, and financially stable as possible for the duration of this pandemic. In the past two months, the IRC has provided cash assistance and navigation services to clients to meet basic needs and staff have assisted clients with:
- Applying for rent assistance
- Providing care packages for the most vulnerable with food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, baby items, and activities for children
- Filing for unemployment or searching for new employment
- Enrolling in public benefits
- Navigating available community resources
- Stress management and wellbeing checks
- COVID-specific education, information, and health navigation
- Behavioral health support
- Financial education and providing financial coaching and counseling
- Legal services for those with asylum, adjustment of status, naturalization, and other critical applications in progress
- Digital literacy
- Connecting to remote ESL tutors, employment mentors, and other virtual volunteers
- Connecting with one another through virtual community and psychosocial support groups
Though the list goes on, this provides a small snapshot of the numerous services the IRC in Denver provides each and every day to hundreds of clients in need.
You make this happen. Your donation helps provide food, shelter, job support, financial coaching, legal services, etc. to the most vulnerable members of the Colorado community. Your donation showcases the generosity, compassion, and dignity of the human spirit. This is the difference you are making, and the IRC could not be more grateful.