The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
Here, at the IRC in Dallas, we resettle refugees welcomed by the US, helping them to rebuild and thrive in their new home. The IRC in Dallas serves approximately 1,500 refugees and asylees in Dallas each year and is one of the largest resettlement agencies in the area.
As time progresses and needs change, the IRC in Dallas is able to continue to support our individuals and families for up to five years. Our services that continue onward include employment services, health and wellness, mental health services, and our newest program, academic coaching for high school youth.
Read below for more facts about our work!
In FY 2017, we provided support to refugees and asylees in the following areas:
Resettlement and Case Management (Federally Funded)
- Reception & Placement: Resettled 691 refugees and Special Immigration Visa recipients.
- Cultural Orientation: Taught every adult how to live in Dallas.
Economic Empowerment (Federally and Privately Funded)
- Employment Assistance: 94% self-sufficiency rate for Dallas's Matching Grant Program.
- Job Readiness Training: 25 Job Readiness Training and Financial Literacy Classes were conducted.
- Vocational Training: 7 Sector-Specific/vocational Trainings were conducted.
- Voluntary Income Tax Assistance: Processed over 50 income tax returns.
- New Roots: 70 clients had access to garden beds in six community gardens.
- Financial Literacy & Coaching: 153 clients received financial literacy and coaching.
Immigration Services (Privately Funded)
- Citizenship: Over 200 clients became US citizens.
- Family Reunification: Nearly 180 families from Central America were reunited.
Health and Wellness (Publicly and Privately Funded)
- Mental Health: Provided counseling and support groups for men and women to aid with transition.
- Extended Case Management: Works with clients for up to five years, primarily in health services.
Community Integration (Privately Funded)
- Intern Program: 79 interns logged hours across three semesters.
- Interpreter Network: 13 interpreters who speak 16 languages.
- Family Mentor Program: 48 volunteers mentored new families in Dallas.
- In-Kind Donations Center: Approximately $175,000 worth of in-kind donations were distributed to clients.