News from Baltimore, MD
Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore, MD, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.
Two sisters start new careers in Baltimore
Two sisters arrived in Baltimore from Cuba in June 2017 with ambitions to learn English, work, study and be independent.
Read below to find out ways to donate needed items to IRC clients.
Intern spotlight: Setting up homes for refugees
Lauren Lehman speaks about her experience volunteering with the IRC as a logistics intern this summer, and about the great responsibility and privilege she feels in setting up apartments for newly arriving refugees and ensuring that they feel safe and welcome in their new homes.
Now accepting applications for Fall 2019 internships!
Applications for internships starting in September or October 2019 are now available on our careers site.
IRC Silver Spring + Sunset Run for Refugees celebrate World Refugee Day
This year, the IRC in Silver Spring was proud to be a partner of the Sunset Run for Refugees. This special event took place on World Refugee Day, Thursday, June 20 and brought together runners, walkers, and the greater community of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas to celebrate refugees. This free 5k run or 2 mile walk brought out over a thousand people despite the rain.
Show your support for the IRC in Baltimore
In honor of World Refugee Day, we are selling limited edition IRC in Baltimore T shirts & a tote bag for $20 with proceeds going to our local office to support our work! Click the link for more information but hurry, the fundraiser ends July 1st!
Welcome Home Project Volunteer
The Welcome Home Project offers individuals or groups an opportunity to prepare an apartment and help to welcome an individual or family to their new home in Baltimore
Build Your Future
On April 6th, the IRC, in partnership with Play-well TEKnologies and Peer to Peer, brought 155 students and family members to the University of Maryland for a morning of LEGO-inspired learning. This was the second time that IRC in Silver Spring has had the opportunity to team-up with Play-Well TEKnologies to host a community building event for recently resettled families. “The Play-Well team uses the universal language of fun! Participants ranged from babies to grandparents, all excited to explore a new place and imagine a future at UMD.
Women Empowering Women
Aliyah came to the US with her two children in 2016 and Maria arrived in December 2018 with her husband and eight children. Both came to the United States looking for a better future for themselves and for their families. They are a part of the Women’s Employability Program (WEP) at the IRC Baltimore; a program geared towards breaking the barriers of women that hinders their ability to work. The women in the WEP program are a network for each other. They are all indifferent parts of their journeys in the US,but they can all learn from each other’s experiences. There have been many challenges for these women stemming from them being forced to leave their home countries to start anew here in Baltimore. Now they have a new community that reminds them that they are not alone.
Against the Odds: A Journey to Citizenship
Boi Pessima came to the U.S. in 2005 to reunite with her father and siblings to obtain better care for her daughter Mary but leaving her oldest son behind in Sirra Leone. Five years after receiving her green card, she applied for citizenship but was denied twice. She reached out to the immigration team at the IRC and with their support she was able to pass her interview. Now, fourteen years after her arrival in the U.S., she is a U.S. citizen and is excited to vote.