Right now, there are over 68 million displaced people in the world and the need to support refugees is more urgent now than ever. A small fraction of these people are already here with us in America right now, but they can feel far away when you’re in your home, going to work, and slogging through your daily routine. It’s really easy to fall into that. But, those families that you see on the news running for their lives once probably felt the exact same way in the not too distant past. The truth is, they could very easily be you, they could very easily be me.
When there is a crisis, @theIRC is there. The IRC has been saving lives for 85 years. Joining the IRC’s call for compassion to help refugee families, I joined the Adult Education department here at the New York City resettlement office, and I am proud of the critical work that we do here in the Adult Education Department @theIRC because we never, ever give up on refugees, asylum seekers, and new Americans. The road for many of our clients has been long and unfathomably difficult, but they're here now. Even though the numbers of arrivals in the USA are lower than ever, the obstacles encountered on their way here to safety, including those placed upon them by our government, have been plentiful. Now that they’ve found safety in America, their real journey to find education, integrate into American society, and rebuild their lives begins.
On a personal level, the work that we do here in this office has changed me. I’ve seen lives completely change in the course of a morning. We work every day to provide each individual who comes through our door with education and opportunity. Within the past year, we have worked with over 300 refugees, asylees, and immigrants to access English language education, get their GED, apply and get accepted to colleges on the east coast, find vocational trainings to make a decent living and achieve their life goals.
Unfortunately, due to budgetary limitations, something as simple a textbook needed to complete a free ESL course, finding affordable childcare while attending school, paying for transportation to and from school, or even a few missed shifts at work due to school, can quickly place attaining one’s goals just out of reach. These are just a few of the challenges that we work one-on-one with our clients to overcome every day. With this CrowdRise fundraiser, 100% of every single dollar earned will go directly towards providing adult asylees and refugees working with us in the Adult Education Department in the New York City resettlement office of the IRC to overcome these challenges and achieve their goals here in America. Every one of your dollars given here will provide us the opportunity to provide textbooks, access to high quality ESL programs, as well as assisting clients with childcare and any loss of financial resources due to having to miss work to attend school.