During the COVID-19 emergency, newly-arrived refugee families will be disproportionately affected by the impacts on our community.
With schools and other essential services closed or limited across Kansas, newly arrived refugee families need our support to access meals distributed by school districts, to address childcare needs as parents continue to work, and so much more. Our team is hard at work connecting with the most vulnerable households—those with elderly parents or high-risk health needs—to create emergency plans should we see broader community spread of COVID-19 in Kansas. Be the first to support our response to COVID-19 by donating to our Emergency Response Fund.
Together, we can:
Make up for reduced access to essential services
When schools and daycare centers close, refugee families often do not have other options for childcare and will have to miss work to care for their children. The IRC in Kansas will work with families over the coming weeks and months to mitigate childcare concerns to the best of our ability.
Help families impacted by interruptions to employment and unexpected leaves of absence
Many refugees work in industries being hit hardest by COVID-19, including hospitality, food service, airports/airlines 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—who were on the path to self-sufficiency before COVID-19—will need extra support with rent, utilities and other basic needs in the coming weeks and months.
Support 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. Our team will work tirelessly to provide individualized outreach to all refugee families served by the IRC in Kansas, so they understand COVID-19, how to contact their doctor and how to keep their families safe. We appreciate all you do year-round to support newcomers in our community. With your help, we can support this resilient and resourceful community who are rebuilding their lives in the Sunflower State. The IRC in Kansas is here for refugees and immigrants no matter what. Thanks for being right here with us. ***All funds raised through this campaign will directly support the International Rescue Committee in Kansas and our efforts to respond to COVID-19 and support newly arrived refugees in Kansas.
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