News from Atlanta, GA
Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, GA, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.
Volunteer recognized for dedication, welcoming heart
Balime Verhaak is a high school senior who travelled all the way from Spain to spend the month of August volunteering with the IRC in Atlanta.
IRC presents findings from ‘Bridging the Gaps’ research project
Earlier this month, the International Rescue Committee hosted a workshop to discuss key research findings and recommendations regarding refugee women’s experiences with domestic violence and sexual assault.
Syrian couple strengthen tailoring business through IRC Microenterprise program
Yaser, Barwin and their five young children arrived in Atlanta in April 2016 through the refugee resettlement program, after being forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria. A master tailor with a reputation for incredible wedding dresses, Yaser ran his own business in Syria and was eager to rebuild his career in America.
Youth Food Justice interns build new garden at Clarkston High School
While most students were relaxing this summer, the IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Food Justice (YFJ) interns were hard at work at Clarkston High School (CHS), completing a brand new garden for their classmates, teachers and community to enjoy!
TAKE ACTION: Call GA Judiciary Committee Members TODAY!
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Administration’s intention to set the refugee admissions level for Fiscal Year 2019 at 30,000, the lowest number ever in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
Ready, Set, College! summer camp a huge success
Thanks to your support, the IRC in Atlanta’s “Ready, Set, College!” summer camp was able to provide eight weeks of SAT tutoring, college readiness workshops and action-packed field trips to more than 20 local high school students, preparing them to gain admission to college and succeed in higher education and beyond!
Backpacks and Barbeque event supports young refugees
On August 18, Atlanta Women’s Foundation member Betsy Vos Reeves organized a Backpacks and Barbeque event to support young refugees starting school for the first time in America.
Reunited Burmese family purchases first home
Separated from his family as he fled persecution in his native Burma, Maung spent six months in Thailand before ending up in a refugee camp in Malaysia. He lived alone in the camp for the next eight years—almost losing hope—before he was finally selected for resettlement in the United States.
Just Bakery of Atlanta provides gainful employment for local refugees
The IRC in Atlanta is proud to partner with Just Bakery of Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that trains, certifies and employs local refugees to make and sell a delicious selection of pastries, bread and other baked goods!
Syrian mechanic opens new auto shop in Atlanta
The IRC in Atlanta’s Microenterprise Development program recently provided its first small business loan to Mohammad, originally from Syria, who is now the proud owner of The Best Works Auto Care Center in Roswell.