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 Abilene, the IRC helps refugees rebuild their lives, create economic and social opportunities, and contribute to our Abilene community. Refugees in Abilene supply a steady workforce to employers, start businesses, buy houses, and volunteer in our community.
The IRC is seeking funds for three program areas:
1. Youth Programming. Through a generous initial grant through the CFA, and subsequent grant through the Dodge Jones Foundation, the IRC provided youth programming as well as academic support programming to better support refugee and immigrant youth in the integration process. Through tutoring programs, home visits, support groups, ESL classes, field trips, and workshops, youth learn to deal with changing family dynamics, culture shock, and prepare for their future (job readiness training, financial literacy, and college prep), as well as strengthen their ability to successfully graduate high school.
2. Refugee Leadership Training. In early summer the IRC plans to host a refugee leadership training, as well as a women's leadership speaking series for refugees. These tools will allow refugee neighbors to take the next step in their integration process as they are home owners, start small businesses, and build up non for Profits in Abilene.
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