GRANT 60:

IRCA Capacity Startup Building

02/10/2014

A community of refugees in Boise, Idaho welcomes the displaced with a transformational mentorship program.

In 2003, a community of refugees who had recently completed the arduous process of starting life in a new country decided to develop a mentorship program and resource sharing system for other displaced persons facing the same struggles. As a result, the Idaho Refugee Community Association (IRCA) was born.

IRCA provides free services such as translation, assistance in finding a job and preparing for interviews, access to English classes, and a number of other vital services. With the right tools and network, incoming refugees have a much easier time building their new life.

With this AWB grant, IRCA can continue their work,¬†expand current programs and provide staff training. See firsthand the incredible impact IRCA has had on Idaho’s refugee population here.