The IRC in Garden City, KS
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 Garden City 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 Burma, Somali, Eritrea, and other countries in crisis. They are seeking safety and the chance to move their lives forward.
Why are refugees arriving in Garden City?
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 Garden City?
IRC’s staff, volunteers and community partners work together to empower refugees to restore their dignity and self-reliance, and participate in their new communities.
- Reception and Placement: Meeting critical needs in the early months after arriving in the United States. IRC staff and community partners ensure newly arrived refugees are greeted at the airport; have a furnished home; receive time-limited rental assistance; have access to nutritious food, healthcare and education; and are given appropriate social services referrals.
- Employment Services: Early self-sufficiency through employment is the foundation of the US Refugee Program. IRC staff and volunteers provide job readiness training, vocational counseling, resume preparation, job search and placement services, and financial assistance for basic needs with the goal of helping refugees find their first job in America. Employment services are provided to refugees for up to five years from their date of arrival.
- Intensive Case Management: Some refugees face barriers that make rapid employment difficult. Others face cultural barriers that require additional training and orientation support to learn to navigate American systems independently. Still others face crisis after an initial period of stability. For those refugees, IRC provides intensive case management services for up to five years after arrival.
How can I help refugees in Garden City?
There are many ways that you can get involved with the IRC’s work in Garden City. You can:
Donate Money: Money raised in Garden City stays in Garden City. Local donations allow IRC to meet emergency needs of clients and support our programs in many ways.
Become a Volunteer or Intern: Volunteers support all facets of our work! Community volunteers make the difference between a refugee transitioning from surviving to thriving with the skills and knowledge to be a full participant in their new community.
Donate New or Gently Used Items: From gently used furniture and household goods to set-up apartments to old computers, bikes or TVs, the IRC seeks to provide refugees with items that will help them get restarted here in the US.
Host a DIY Fundraiser: Have fun hosting a fundraiser with IRC designated as your beneficiary. Work with IRC staff to develop and implement your concept, including establishing your own donation page linked to the IRC’s website.
Hold a Donation Drive: Help IRC meet critical needs of refugees by gathering together the new and gently used items from your friends, relatives, or community group.
Other Ways to Get Involved: hire a refugee, rent a house to a refugee family, give back to IRC when you shop at Dillon’s grocery stores, and “like” us on Facebook!
What do refugees contribute to Garden City?
Once they acclimate to their new environment, refugees often thrive and contribute to their communities, building careers, purchasing homes, starting businesses and obtaining citizenship.
Volunteers Reflect on Experience as Family Mentors
Michael and Drusilla Brungardt of Garden City, Kansas, reflect on their experience being matched with a Congolese family in the IRC's Family Mentor Program.
IRC Garden City Introduces New Immigration Services
In partnership with the Immigration Department at IRC Wichita, IRC Garden City has piloted a remote immigration program to serve clients and the broader community.
Kansas Refugee Economic Empowerment Program Trains AmeriCorps VISTA members to build capacity of IRC office to provide better economic opportunities for refugees resettling in Wichita.
The IRC in Kansas is launching into it's third year of the Kansas Refugee Economic Empowerment Program. The program aims to place VISTA members throughout Wichita and southwest Kansas communities to build capacity through new program development and community relations.
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