Jose Vazquez wrote -
Help the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the local GenR volunteers provide assistance to a refugee family who has recently resettled in the Bay Area!
The United States has a long, proud tradition of giving families fleeing war and persecution a chance to rebuild their lives in safety. You have an opportunity to help the IRC welcome a recently resettled family of 3 (mother, father and 6-year-old daughter) from Eritrea start a new life in Oakland. Will you join us?
How can I help?
Refugees receive a small resettlement grant from the government to cover initial basic costs (this amount is the same regardless of where in the country they are resettled). The resettlement funds, intended to cover their first 90 days in the USA, are often spent in the first 30 days due to the high costs of living. The majority of refugees arriving in the Bay Area are joining family members; but many of them are often not yet financially stable. As a result, refugees served by the International Rescue Committee typically require additional financial support to get on their feet.
Our goal is to raise $5,000.
$2000 of this will be used to temporarily subsidize the families monthly rent, provide basic furniture and household goods, and provide food until the family can start to support themselves. The other $3000 will go to assist other families currently resettling in the Bay Area.
You can be confident that 100% of proceeds will go to refugee families living in the Bay Area through the International Rescue Committee NorCal HOME (Housing Outreach Mentorship & Education) program.
What is the International Rescue Committee (IRC)?
The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Learn more about the IRC HERE.
For refugees resettling in the US, the IRC provides basic services to help the assimilation process, including job training, English classes, and enrollment in school for children. In addition, the IRC recently launched the HOME program in Oakland, which combines direct financial assistance and mentorship to assist newly-arrived refugee families become self-sufficient and quickly integrate into their new home.Learn more about the HOME program HERE.
What is GenR?
Generation Rescue (GenR) are professionals and humanitarians who want to make an impact in the lives of refugees and families caught in crisis.
As a member of GenR, you’ll have the opportunity to attend exclusive IRC-related events to learn more about how you can make an impact. You’ll also learn about how you can work with other like-minded individuals to raise funds, volunteer with recently resettled refugees and even visit the IRC's international programs around the world.
How Can I Get involved with the IRC and GenR?
Since launching in New York City in 2010, GenR chapters have opened in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Charlottesville and Miami. If you want to get involved, please contact GenR@Rescue.org or learn more HERE.