The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a refugee-serving organization. According to IRC representative Natalie, the mission of the organization is to “help those whose lives have been shattered by conflict and disaster; to rebuild and restore dignity and hope in their lives and to gain a positive future for themselves.”
Kristen from LDS Charities visits with Natalie to tour the IRC office in downtown Salt Lake City. The IRC has 27 offices across the United States, and the Salt Lake City office served people from over 20 countries last year. Staff members are employed as caseworkers who help with youth, digital literacy, health, and more.
Refugees who come to the United States go through a cultural orientation within their first month of arrival. In the orientation they learn about employment opportunities and health benefits, and they can also attend other classes to better adapt to their new country.
The IRC regularly holds information sessions for potential volunteers. People can also help by providing monetary or in-kind donations, including hygiene items and cleaning supplies.