The IRC in Denver, CO
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Denver and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives.
Who are refugees?
Refugees are people fleeing violence and persecution—in Myanmar, Cuba, Iraq, and other countries in crisis. They are seeking safety and the chance to move their lives forward.
Why are refugees arriving in Denver?
The United States has a long tradition of sheltering those fleeing conflict and persecution. Once refugees have been identified by the United Nations refugee agency and cleared for resettlement, the U.S. government works with the IRC and eight other national resettlement agencies to help them restart their lives in America. Out of the nearly 20 million refugees in the world, fewer than 1 percent are considered for resettlement worldwide.
Refugees may be placed in a city where they have relatives or friends, or where there’s an established community that shares their language or culture. Other considerations include the cost of living and a community’s ability to provide medical services. However, as legal U.S. residents, refugees may live in any city and state they chose.
How does the IRC help refugees in Denver?
Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America--whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive the acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.
Refugees are greeted and welcomed at the airport by IRC case workers and volunteers to ensure their transition is as comfortable as possible. The IRC also makes sure newly arrived refugees receive:
- Help with rent
- Health care
- Nutritious, affordable food
- Help building job, computer, and financial literacy skills
- Education for their children
- Social services and community support
- Legal services towards residency and citizenship
Our programs in Denver:
- Reception & Placement Services
- Employment and job readiness services
- Financial capability programming
- Short term financial assistance
- Health education and navigation
- Health insurance literacy
- Family Stabilization
- Psychosocial support
- Services for survivors of torture
How can I help refugees in Denver?
There are many ways that you can get involved with the IRC’s work in Denver. You can:
Join our mailing list
- Stay up-to-date on IRC Denver news, events and needs. Subscribe here.
- Learn more about current openings and how to apply here.
- Learn more about current openings and how to apply here.
- The first step to volunteering with the IRC in Denver is to attend one of our virtual monthly General Information Presentations. Sign up to attend HERE
- Become a H.O.M.E. Team
Become a Co-Sponsor
- A co-sponsor advances the role of communities in the protection, resettlement, and integration of refugees and other vulnerable populations. As a co-sponsor group, local community members provide clearly defined financial and in-kind contributions and volunteer services to support a refugee’s welcome and integration in partnership with IRC. As a result, the quality of life for refugee families is immeasurably enhanced.
- Learn the details of organizing a co-sponsor group in Denver here.
- Share the flyer on Co-Sponsorship here.
Spread the Word
- Your contributions are essential to ensuring refugees arriving in Denver are able to succeed. Become a monthly sustainer or make a one-time donation here
Donate furniture or household items
- Here you can find our donation guidelines and an up-to-date list of items we are able to accept.
- Items that are on our Donation Needs list can be dropped of at the IRC in Denver Office - 1873 S. Bellaire St, Suite 500, Denver, C) 80222 anytime the building is open (6:30 am - 6:00 pm M-F and 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Saturdays). Our office remains closed to the public due to COVID, but items from our list can be dropped off outside our glass office doors on the 5th floor and they will be retrieved promptly.
- Donation kits are an easy way to make a difference. Check out our full list of kits.
- Purchase a household item for a refugee family through our Amazon Wishlist.
Employ a refugee
- One of the most important ways you can help refugees on their paths to rebuild their lives and gain economic self-sufficiency is to offer them employment. Refugees arrive with resilient spirits and a strong motivation to learn, work and contribute to their new community. IRC’s employment services help refugees prepare for Colorado’s job market and secure employment—from entry-level positions to advanced placements. Is your company hiring? Let us know! We have clients who are ready to go to work. Contact [email protected]
What do refugees contribute to Denver?
Once they acclimate to their new environment, refugees often thrive and contribute to their communities, building careers, purchasing homes, gaining citizenship. A recent Economic and Fiscal Impact of Refugees in Colorado study conducted by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) found that refugees bring huge economic and fiscal benefits to their home state of Colorado.
Highlights from the fiscal impact report
- $2.4 billion in industry activity generated
- $1.1 billion in Gross State Product (GSP)
- $92 million in Colorado tax revenue
- 4 Colorado jobs created for each refugee resettled
- $14,500 jobs supported
- $611 million in labor income generated
You can read the report's full findings here.
How is the IRC in Denver responding to COVID-19?
- The IRC in Denver's office is open to clients and visitors by appointment only. Many staff members are still working partially remote. The IRC remains committed to continuing to serve and support refugees, Special Immigrant Visa recipients, survivors of torture, asylees, and other immigrants during this uncertain time. Click here to learn more about how the IRC in Denver is supporting clients and how you can help.
How can I contact a member of the Denver team?
Thank you for your interest in connecting with the IRC in Denver.
The best way for us to direct your questions to the appropriate staff member is to email us.
- For general questions, please e-mail [email protected].
- For questions about Volunteering, please email [email protected]
- For questions about Donating furniture and household goods, please email [email protected]
Our main phone number is: (720) 328-6655 Please note, due to complications with our phone system and the high volume of calls we are receiving at this time, we are unable to answer this line directly. You will be prompted to leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as we are able. We apologize for the inconvenience and will respond quickly to all urgent matters, but we appreciate your understanding if you have to wait for your questions to be answered. If you are not prompted to leave a message, you may try calling our after-hours line at 720-507-7031 or email the appropriate person (see above).
Clients and services providers can reach our team outside of normal business hours by calling or texting our emergency after-hours line at 720-507-7031.
To learn more about our donation needs or volunteer and intern opportunities, please click here.
Co-Sponsorship Is a New Opportunity to Welcome Refugees
IRC in Denver teams up with local groups to support refugee families with integrating smoothly into the community!
IRC in Denver’s 2022 Welcome Home Fundraiser
An announcement for the 2022 Welcome Home fundraiser supporting the IRC in Denver's Psychosocial Support Services (PSS) and featuring the We Can Do It! program. Details about the event agenda, guest speakers, RBazaar catering, Oromo Dance Colorado performances, and more are included.
Update on Afghan Resettlement April 2022
An update on Afghan refugee resettlement in Colorado including statistics on how many refugees have been resettled from September 2021 to March 2022 and services provided by the IRC in Denver related to health care screenings, school enrollment, employment, housing, and immigration. There is a final note on how to continue supporting resettlement efforts.
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