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
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 an in-kind item
- Here you can find our donation guidelines and an up-to-date list of items we're currently accepting
- 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 Wish List
Employee 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 Keely Hawkins at [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 currently closed to clients and visitors. All staff members are working remotely. 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. For general questions, please e-mail [email protected].
Clients and services providers can reach our team outside of normal business hours by calling or texting 720-507-7031. Click here for a full list of IRC in Denver staff members. You can click on each staff member's name to e-mail them directly.
To learn more about our donation needs or volunteer and intern opportunities, please click here.
Working within today’s realities
Meet Averil Loucks from the IRC in Denver. After working in the humanitarian sector across the globe, she's back home in Colorado, making a difference one day at a time.
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Meet Keely Hawkins, an employment specialist at the IRC
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