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 Phoenix, 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 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 Maricopa County.
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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix and Maricopa County so they understand COVID-19, how to contact their doctor and how to keep their families safe.
The IRC in Phoenix 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 Phoenix and our efforts to respond to COVID-19 and support newly arrived refugees affected by the outbreak in Phoenix.
Learn more about our work by visiting Rescue.org/Phoenix or reach out by email at Phoenix@rescue.org.
You can make a donation on our local page in order to avoid any fees: www.rescue.org/supportphoenix