Refugee families will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19's impacts on our communities. Help IRC ensure our clients have the resources they need.
Many IRC clients work in industries being hit hardest by the pandemic, including hospitality and food service. Recently-arrived refugees are particularly vulnerable to industries experiencing hiring freezes or lay-offs. Newcomers who have not yet had the chance to secure employment or only had employment for a short while may not qualify for unemployment benefits or COVID-19 related benefits. Essential human services moving to phone and online platforms can aggravate language barriers and become virtually inaccessible for those who lack digital literacy, computers, or even a phone.
With your support, the IRC in Boise can help impacted families with rent and housing stability now and after the pandemic subsides, utilities including phone and internet access, interpreter services, education resources for youth, and other basic needs.
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