Help us open up the first-ever Women’s Resilience Center in San Diego to serve refugee women and girls.
Thanks to the generosity of The San Diego Foundation, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has received a match challenge grant to launch the first-ever Women’s Resilience Center to support refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking women in San Diego. The Center will serve as a safe space where women facing considerable barriers can access much-needed services and become part of a supportive community. Our goal is to open the center in January and we need your help to raise the final $20,000 needed.
How can I help?
Donate or start a fundraiser
Make a tax-deductible donation of any amount - every bit helps us reach our goal of $20,000.
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Why open up a center for refugee women?
Starting a new life in the U.S. as a refugee comes with its own set of challenges from learning English and securing employment to keeping up with the cost of living in San Diego. For women and girls in particular the challenge can be even greater as they face additional barriers such as childcare responsibilities, cultural norms around women working, and lack of a strong social network. This often results in recently-arrived refugee women becoming socially isolated and struggling to reach self-sufficiency and integration in their new home in San Diego at a much higher rate when compared to men.
For years, the IRC has recognized that women and girls often need additional or different services than men and boys - because they experience barriers and challenges that their male counterparts don't. We offer programs like Women in Action and others as funding and space allow - but they always come to an end. And then what - just when women are starting to make friends, build networks, move forward - the resources that were connecting them go away.
The Women’s Resilience Center will serve as permanent space, open five days per week where women can gather to build social bonds as well as access services needed to move forward in their lives. The IRC will provide the physical space within our offices in El Cajon, as well as facilitate workshops and classes such as financial literacy education, personal goal-setting activities, and emotional support groups. Partner organizations will utilize the space to offer free services such as lactation consultation, support groups for new mothers, and free legal seminars to learn about laws and services related to issues such as domestic violence.
What is next?
The San Diego Foundation has awarded our office with a 2-year challenge match of $60,000 each year, enabling the IRC to open the doors of the Women’s Resilience Center. We have secured much of our $60k goal for 2020 from generous donors, and now need community support to help us raise the final $20,000 needed to make the Center a reality.
Help us reach our $20k goal
Donors who contribute $100 or more will be invited to the grand opening of the IRC’s Women’s Resilience Center to join us in a ribbon cutting ceremony.
If you would like to donate offline or have questions about our campaign, please email our Development Coordinator, Lida Dianti, at Lida.Dianti@Rescue.org.