BENEFITING: IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
EVENT: 2017 Run for Refugees
EVENT DATE: Feb 05, 2017
Amanda Kennedy wrote -
IRIS is the primary agency in Connecticut that assists incoming refugees. In 2016, the agency will serve over 400 refugees, primarily in the New Haven area. In New London, IRIS is partnering with a local organization (Start Fresh) to support refugees from Syria and Sudan. Refugees come from a wide range of war-torn countries, including Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Their needs are significant and IRIS is their primary resource as they begin to rebuild their lives after years of persecution and displacement.
I ran this race last year and it was one of the most diverse 5ks I've ever been involved in, with little girls running alongside their mothers in their skirts and flats.