News from Atlanta, GA
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Over 350 Georgians advocate for refugees at the Capitol
On February 13, the IRC in Atlanta’s staff, clients and volunteers joined more than 350 fellow advocates at the Georgia State Capitol for the seventh annual New Americans Celebration. Hosted by the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), the New Americans Celebration is the annual day of education and outreach for refugees, immigrants and Georgia community members who support them.
Global logistics company, Kuehne + Nagel, invests in diverse workforce
The IRC Atlanta has recently partnered with globally recognized logistics company, Kuehne+Nagel, to place highly skilled immigrants in exciting jobs in logistics coordination and transport. Kuehne+Nagel currently represents at least 15% of the world’s sea and air freight revenue and has over 80,000 employees in 109 countries.
IRC’s Connect to Success students enjoy a day on the ice
There was a lot of stumbling and falling involved in the IRC’s Connect to Success (C2S) program this winter, but it’s not what you might think… Thanks to a generous donation from long-term IRC volunteer and supporter, Norman Slawsky, we were able to take 16 young adults enrolled in the C2S program for their first-ever ice-skating trip to The Cooler in Alpharetta!
New IRC training yields accelerated success in the job market
Before arriving in the U.S. through the refugee resettlement program in January 2019, Patrick worked in construction in Uganda. Now, after completing the IRC in Atlanta’s intensive Manufacturing Works training program, he is already in line for higher-paying jobs as a skilled welder.
The State of Resettlement: Refugees in Georgia
“Georgia has long been a leader in showing hospitality to refugee and immigrant communities and will continue to be a destination for those seeking a safe and welcoming home where they can rebuild their lives.” The IRC in Atlanta’s executive director, J.D. McCrary, provides an update on recent policy decisions and the status of the refugee resettlement program.
IRC supports new Americans to enter healthcare workforce
Last summer, the IRC in Atlanta launched a new English for Nursing Assistants program with the goal of supporting adult students with high quality English language instruction so that they can be successful in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and begin working in the healthcare field.
Youth Futures students discover the joy of reading through Book Club
This school year, the IRC in Atlanta’s Youth Futures afterschool program began a new initiative inspired by the students’ desire to read more books, for fun and to improve their English language skills. We now hold a weekly Book Club where students read a portion of the chosen book on their own each week, then gather to discuss their favorite parts, ask questions, and connect the stories to their personal experiences.
Free tax assistance at the IRC in Atlanta
In partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta, the IRC in Atlanta is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, providing free tax preparation services to refugees, SIVs and asylees from February 1 – April 15, 2020.
Two IRC team members included in YNPN Atlanta ‘30 Under 30' Class of 2019
The IRC in Atlanta is thrilled to announce that two of our very own—Lauren Bowden and Grace Paulsen—were selected as 2019 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network ‘30 Under 30’ Award recipients!
A dream come true for the IRC’s own newest citizen
A member of the persecuted Rohingya ethnic group, IRC case aide and resettled refugee, Safa Shamsuddin, waited five long years to swear allegiance to the country she now calls home.