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International Rescue Committee in Dallas

International Rescue Committee in Dallas The IRC provides opportunities for refugees and immigrants to thrive in Dallas, Texas.

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There is still time to help! You can still donate to the food drive and help refugee families. Refugees are still in nee...
04/29/2022

There is still time to help! You can still donate to the food drive and help refugee families. Refugees are still in need of food and household supplies, even after Ramadan ends. Your small contribution will make the biggest difference.

Thank you to all who donated and participated in the food drive thus far! We appreciate you!

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] to coordinate your donation and or contribution to our refugee families.

Last Wednesday April 20th, our Dallas Development Team visited the International Leadership of Texas, in North Richland ...
04/26/2022

Last Wednesday April 20th, our Dallas Development Team visited the International Leadership of Texas, in North Richland Hills, to speak at their international festival.
The Development Director, Brianna Kelley, led an insightful presentation about the IRC to about 450 Middle School students.
In the presentation, Brianna explained the origins of the IRC and its’ development; she also described the process refugees go through when they arrive in the United States and how the IRC assists them through our programs as well as how we help with resettlement.
Student listened intently and were fueled with questions after the presentation.

One student asked, “Do you have child refugees separated from their families?”

Another student asked, “How many refugees have you helped in Texas?”

A special thanks to the AL Math teacher, Ms. Will, for inviting us to speak and giving us an amazing opportunity and platform to educate these students about the work we do at the IRC.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

To volunteer with the IRC click this link! https://www.rescue.org/volunteer-opportunities/dallas-tx

To donate click here: https://help.rescue.org/donate/us-dallas-tx

Happy Earth Day IRC Friends, The International Rescue Committee is dedicated to helping communities respond to the chang...
04/22/2022

Happy Earth Day IRC Friends,
The International Rescue Committee is dedicated to helping communities respond to the changing climate. The IRC partners with organizations to promote changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advocates to lessen the effects of climate change, especially those with fewer resources. The IRC houses a climate action plan geared to reduce our own carbon footprint.

200 million people in the world could be displaced by climate by 2050 if no change is made. Many people in the countries we assist are uprooted from their homes and end up facing famine due to climate change. We will continue to call upon our leaders and donors to work to reach our climate goals, reduce carbon emissions, and help restore nature.

Support our work at the IRC today by donating to help refugees, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable people worldwide who are not only displaced but are also facing the threats and effects of climate change.
https://help.rescue.org/donate/us-dallas-tx

Happy National Volunteer Week everyone! This year National Volunteer Week runs from April 17th-23rd. We are so beyond th...
04/20/2022

Happy National Volunteer Week everyone! This year National Volunteer Week runs from April 17th-23rd. We are so beyond thrilled to highlight a very special volunteer, Barbara Keeler!

Barbara’s journey at IRC started while volunteering as a grant evaluator for the Dallas Women’s Foundation. After coming across a proposal from the IRC, Barbara was intrigued.

“I reviewed a proposal from IRC Dallas to rent an apartment to be used during the day as a gathering place for women and in the evenings as a place to tutor students,” she said. “The interviews and site visits as part of the grant review process provided an overview of IRC and I was hooked.”

Barbara instantly grew to respect and admire the work IRC does saying she was impressed by the commitment of staff and volunteers and the philosophy of the organization.

She started volunteering at the IRC in 2002 and has been a part of the family since then. Some of her work includes mentoring refugees, serving on the first Women and Youth advisory council, organizing clothing drives, and helping assist with events and photography.

Since 2016 Barbara primarily works with mentor placements, event photography, and donations. She has been with the IRC through thick and thin.

“During the height of the pandemic, I came into the office to initialize and deliver scores of donated laptops,” she said. “I also helped the youth coordinator organize last year’s gift baskets for the high school graduates.”

Barbara also loves working with our New Roots program volunteering to help sell produce from refugee gardens at local farmers markets. She has also helped deliver food donations from donors to the Dallas office a few times.

In the last few months Barbara has been an all-star, transporting youth to events and IRC program activities. She has been a constant asset for the IRC Dallas office, and we are so grateful.

“The bottom line is that I’m just sort of a hit-&-run volunteer, working when I’m in town and available on an ‘on-call’ basis!”

Thank you, Barbara, for your outstanding work as a volunteer. It is because of our volunteers, like you, that we can continue the work we are doing, helping refugees rebuild and resettle.

Hello IRC friends! As we continue our Ramadan Food Drive, we want to emphasize the importance of educating others about ...
04/15/2022

Hello IRC friends! As we continue our Ramadan Food Drive, we want to emphasize the importance of educating others about why Muslims fast during Ramadan.

Ramadan consists of a month of fasting and time to practice self-restraint. Sawm (Arabic: “to refrain”) is one of the pillars of Islam.

For billions of Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is a time of reflection, reverence, fasting, prayer, patience, and charity. In this month, Muslims fast, or abstain from eating or drinking from dawn until sunset. After the sun sets, Muslims break their fast with a meal called, iftar.

It is important to note, most of our clients are celebrating away from their home and loved ones this year. Join us in this food drive as we donate items so that families can celebrate in warmth. Let’s make their Ramadan special.

Check out the Amazon Wishlist to find more items to donate. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3BLZ2VVE97NSN?ref_=wl_share

Just a quick update!
04/13/2022

Just a quick update!

Are you a physician or mental health provider licensed in Texas? Click this link, www.EvaluationAlliance.org, to learn m...
04/12/2022

Are you a physician or mental health provider licensed in Texas? Click this link, www.EvaluationAlliance.org, to learn more about leveraging your expertise to support asylum-seekers and unaccompanied children rebuilding their lives in safety in the U.S.

Last year, the International Rescue Committee established a project called the Evaluation Alliance for Human Rights.

EAHR was created to recruit and train volunteer physicians and mental health professionals to assist in providing free medical and psychological evaluations for those seeking asylum and other humanitarian immigration relief. EAHR addresses the critical need for evaluation services representing a wide range of communities and areas of expertise within the field of medicine, mental health, and immigration law.

EAHR stands firm on the belief that medical and mental health evaluations can greatly impact and improve humanitarian relief claims. In many cases, asylum seekers’ testimony is their only evidence for supporting a strong claim. It is found that on average, evaluations more than double the likelihood of winning an asylum case for immigrant survivors.

Research shows that approximately 1 in 10 asylum-seekers without access to an attorney or evaluations are granted asylum, while 9 in 10 with attorney representation and an evaluation are granted asylum.

These medical and mental health evaluations provide impactful support for humanitarian relief claims. The evaluations document and weigh the impact of traumas from those fleeing persecution, in search of protection.

We are actively recruiting and training volunteer evaluators to grow our program's capacity to meet the high demand for evaluations in our community- and best of all- the trainings are all free.

We have an upcoming training on Saturday, April 30th for mental health professionals and more trainings soon to be announced!

For more information, please contact program coordinator, Madeline Ewbank by email at [email protected]

April 18th is quickly approaching! If you haven't filed your taxes yet and you need help, stop by the IRC and get help t...
04/08/2022

April 18th is quickly approaching! If you haven't filed your taxes yet and you need help, stop by the IRC and get help through our tax service, VITA. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), works with clients to provide free preparation and filing services. It's easy and stress free. Contact our VITA coordinator Megan Swanson or call the office for more information and details! Click this link to set up an appointment! https://forms.gle/MBm8MjGYTVsqF7P27

Tax day is approaching! April 18th is the last day to file your taxes! If you need assistance, VITA can help! VITA is wo...
04/04/2022

Tax day is approaching! April 18th is the last day to file your taxes! If you need assistance, VITA can help!
VITA is working through the IRC Dallas to provide free tax prep and filing services.

Check our post below for details or click this link to sign up for an appointment!
https://forms.gle/MBm8MjGYTVsqF7P27

Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate!  Today marks the first day of Ramadan 2022. We are thrilled to be celebrating this...
04/02/2022

Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate!
Today marks the first day of Ramadan 2022. We are thrilled to be celebrating this holiday with our clients who celebrate. As many of you know, many of the refugees we work with are from Afghanistan and also identify as Muslim. It is important to us at the IRC to embrace the importance of this holiday with clients and their families.

In conjunction with the New Roots food security program, we are launching a Ramadan Food Drive throughout all of April.

Here is the minimum food list we are kindly requesting:
• Dates
• Rice
• Beans (kidney beans)
• Flat breads
• Milk
• Meat (Halal chicken or beef)
• Eggs

*Please note that not all these items need to be provided. When possible, please provide at least rice-based food dishes, halal meat, dates, sweet drinks and culturally appropriate bread.

To see our Amazon Wishlist full of more items you can purchase and donate, click here https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3BLZ2VVE97NSN?ref_=wl_share

Please contact [email protected] to see how you can help!
Thank you, again, from the IRC Dallas for being a wonderful asset in helping those in need rebuild and recover.

Address

6500 Greenville Ave, Suite 500
Dallas, TX
75206

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+12144619781

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