Refugee families will be disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19 on our community in the coming weeks. Help IRC ensure our clients have the resources and services they need to get through this trying time.
> Making up for reduced access to essential services
When schools and daycare centers close, IRC clients often do not have other options for childcare and will have to miss work to care for their children. There will be many cascading impacts of this outbreak over the weeks and months to come, which will result in our clients needing increased help from IRC.
> Helping families impacted by interruptions to employment and unexpected leaves of absence
Many IRC clients work in industries being hit hardest by COVID-19, including hospitality, food service, airports and others. Newcomers do not qualify for unemployment benefits or other COVID-19 employment-related benefits because they have not yet worked in the U.S. long enough. This means many families will need extra support with rent, utilities and other basic needs in the coming weeks and months.
> Supporting people at higher risk for COVID-19
One of our first priorities is ensuring people at higher risk for the illness have the information and resources they need to stay healthy. IRC case managers are providing individualized outreach to all clients, so they understand COVID-19, how to contact their doctor and how to keep their families safe. Together, we can all support this resilient and resourceful community who are rebuilding their lives in our state.
This Crisis Prevention Fund will be used by the IRC in Atlanta to support individuals, families and communities impacted by COVID-19 in Georgia. All contributions are tax-deductible.
The IRC in Atlanta is here for refugees and immigrants no matter what. Thanks for being here with us.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta creates opportunities for refugees and immigrants to integrate and thrive in Georgia communities. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers work together to assist families in reuniting and rebuilding their lives in the greater Atlanta area. The IRC in Atlanta offers a broad range of programs including resettlement and case management services, youth and adult education classes, employment assistance, health and wellness programs, and immigration services, all of which serve close to 4,000 clients per year.
For more information contact Atlanta@Rescue.org.