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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, MD, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


The IRC in Maryland Partners with Whole Foods Market

The IRC in Maryland and Whole Foods Market introduce their partnership through a Community Giving Day where 5% of Whole Foods Market's total sales will be donated to the IRC.


Joining together to give thanks at the IRC in Silver Spring

On December 3, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring brought together over 50 clients, volunteers, and staff for a Thanksgiving meal and afternoon of festivities. Sampling traditional American fare such as roasted turkey and cranberry sauce alongside delicacies like homemade dolmas and Syrian pastries, refugee families and IRC volunteers and staff had an opportunity to share their cultural traditions with each other and express the things that they are thankful for in their lives.


IRC End of the Year Celebration and Team Building Day

To celebrate the end of 2017, the Silver Spring and Baltimore offices of the International Rescue Committee gathered together for a day of team building to honor and acknowledge the success of our clients and employees in taking the IRC mission to the next level.


Volunteer Spotlight: Meghan Hess and Ryan Carra

Through their involvement in the Family Mentor Program at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Meghan Hess and Ryan Carra have not only established a connection to their community in suburban Maryland but also made friends with a newly arrived refugee family from El Salvador.


Housing Set-up Volunteer

Help our Logistics Specialist prepare for a family to arrive by setting up their apartment.


Views from the intern’s desk: IRC

Living​ ​in​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​particularly​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nation’s​ ​capital,​ ​provides​ ​endless​ ​opportunities​ ​to dedicate​ ​time​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​refugee​ ​and​ ​asylee​ ​community.​ ​Over​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​I​ ​was lucky​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​this​ ​work​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Asylee​ ​Casework​ ​Intern​ ​with​ ​the​ ​International Rescue​ ​Committee​ ​(IRC).​ ​Kind,​ ​genuine​ ​and​ ​dedicated​ ​doesn’t​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​the​ ​scratch​ ​the​ ​surface of​ ​the​ ​IRC​ ​staff​ ​in​ ​Silver​ ​Spring.​ ​I​ ​had​ ​the​ ​privilege​ ​of​ ​witnessing​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​part​ ​in​ ​clients’ transition​ ​to​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​and​ ​because​ ​of​ ​this,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​testament​ ​to​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​that caseworkers​ ​commit​ ​to​ ​each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​client.


Building community for refugee youth, one LEGO at a time

On Saturday, September 14, 2017 the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring and Play-Well TEKnologies invited refugee youth, their families and the local community to come together for a day revolving around connection, community, and most importantly, play. Refugee youth and their families built their hometowns and countries out of LEGO bricks, and then the local community was invited to build Washington, DC with them out of 40,000 LEGOs.


Hospitality training in action at the IRC in Silver Spring

Through the Hospitality Link job training program, participants learn widely usable soft skills, explore career paths in hospitality and visit hospitality workers in action. The International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring is one of five IRC offices piloting the program.


A taste of American culture for refugee families

On September 29, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring invited 50 clients, family mentors, and staff to the Nationals baseball game in Washington, DC for an evening of family fun. The game was a great opportunity to build community, eat burgers and fries from Shake Shack, and provide a break from the stress of Back-to-School season.


Eritrean Refugee Rebuilds Her Life in Maryland

​While the plight of war refugees is in the news, and deservedly so, the struggle of refugee families from Eritrea is not often in the headlines.  Located in Northern Africa, Eritrea is led by an oppressive regime, with few rights for its people.  Thousands flee each month in search of survival and a better life. Over the last seven years, the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring has resettled hundreds of Eritrean refugees. Because Eritrean refugees are at risk if they are identified, the subject of our story – who we will call “H” – did not want to be named. This is her story.