Support a newly-arriving refugee family in San Jose!
We are a team of volunteers from Stanford who have gotten together to raise funds for a 4 or 5-person refugee family resettling in the San Jose, CA area as part of the International Rescue Committee's resettlement work in the US.
This fund will offset rent and daily living expenses during their first six months here to make their transition a little easier. In addition to financial assistance, we will be working in partnership with IRC staff to mentor the family as they transition to their new homes. We will also be collecting donations and gifts of furniture and household items for the family. We will be matched with a family in about a month.
IRC Housing Outreach Mentorship & Education (HOME) Program Our HOME team will be assisting the family for 6 months to help them acclimate to the community. The family will receive assistance from a variety of programs at the IRC, but there is a lack of government funding for this kind of support, and that is where the HOME team and your support come in. Refugees receive financial support to cover the basic costs of housing, necessities, food, and transportation for their first 30 days. Your donation will help the family successfully resettle in the initial period beyond that.
The IRC's office in San Jose provides monthly citizenship workshops, one-on-one assistance in finding employment, vocational English classes, and an anti-trafficking program serving foreign national survivors of human trafficking.
What is the International Rescue Committee (IRC)?
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and longer-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, and natural disasters. 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.
In 2017, the IRC and international program partners:
- Helped nearly 23 million people access primary health care
- Provided cash and asset transfers to 179,491 households of refugees and vulnerable people
- Reached an estimated 2 million people affected by the hunger crises in East Africa, Nigeria and Yemen
Learn more about the IRC and its work here: https://www.rescue.org
We appreciate your contribution to this family's resettlement!