The effects of COVID-19 disproportionately impact the refugees and immigrants the IRC serves, many of whom live in households with low incomes, have limited English language skills, and lack easy access to the internet and digital devices. We also serve people who are elderly or suffer from serious health conditions. Others are brand new to the U.S. and are not yet equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate our community.
Please help the IRC in Denver ensure our clients have the resources and services they need!
The majority of the IRC's clients work in industries being hit hardest by COVID-19, including hospitality, food service, manufacturing and distribution, and airports. Many of our clients have already reported being laid-off. As schools and daycare centers close, families with children are left without childcare and are forced to miss work. This means many families will need extra support with rent, utilities, and other basic needs.
The IRC in Denver has sprung into action to help clients address these challenges and prepare for the difficult months ahead. Staff are working to meet basic needs, provide food and emergency supplies kits, help clients navigate local resources, provide rent assistance, and offer as many services as possible remotely.
There will be many cascading impacts of this outbreak over the weeks and months to come, which will result in our clients needing increased help from the IRC and our community in Colorado. This emergency fund will be used by the IRC in Denver to support individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 in Colorado. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support! We hope you stay safe and well during this time.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Since 2016, the IRC in Denver has helped refugees, Special Immigrant Visa recipients, asylees, survivors of torture and other vulnerable immigrant populations in our community. Through our person-centered programs, the IRC improves the health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power of the individuals and communities we serve. Learn more about our work at Rescue.org/Denver.