International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee: From Harm to Home
For over 75 years, The International Rescue Committee has responded to humanitarian crises around the world by providing vital care and life-altering assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. In addition to work in over 40 other countries, the IRC is active in 22 U.S. cities, restoring safety, dignity and hope to the millions who have been uprooted and are struggling to persevere in a new country. In the last year alone, the IRC assisted over 17,200 individuals from refugee camps and cities in East Asia to enter the U.S. and build new lives.
From the moment they step off the airplane on to U.S. soil, the newly-arrived are supported by a network of IRC representatives responsible for introducing them to American culture, teaching them English, assisting them in securing employment, and generally ensuring that they are living safe, successful lives.
As a JLSF Community Partner, the IRC has received financial and volunteer assistance from the league since 2007. During this time, members of the league’s IRC Committee have mentored over 20 refugee families. The JLSF family mentors play a vital role in helping families acclimate to American culture, teaching English and obtaining donated clothing, furniture and other housewares. In addition, the league has been instrumental in planning the IRC’s holiday parties and smaller family gatherings and events.
Present and past IRC Committee members often describe their experience with their IRC family as invaluable and unforgettable. While there are often many hurdles along the way, both league committee members and IRC families are given the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for another culture. Many league committee members develop strong ties with their families and remain a part of their support network well beyond the league year.