Recap of guest speaker from Sept 22 meeting. 

Stanford Prescott, International Rescue Committee, talking points:

  • International rescue committee was founded in 1933 by Albert Einstein
  • Jewish immigrants fleeing from Europe, since then fleeing from genocide, terror, communist during the cold war, violence in Middle East, Asia, Africa today
  • Global organization, here in the US they have offices in 25 cities partnered with the government to do refugee resettlement 
  • They offer classes – cultural orientation, job classes, gender relations, financial literacy and more
  • Provide culturally appropriate food, clothing, furniture, diapers and more
  • Economic empowerment programs, financial literacy, credit building loans, business development over 200+ refugee started their own companies
  • Match savings, first home or first car – low interest auto loans
  • Community gardens around town, have spaces to grow their own food
  • 84% of refugees they work with are self-sufficient after 6 months

How you can help:

  • Attend their free event, World Bazaar Phx – December 7th from 10 am – 3 pm, cultural cuisine, community, activities
  • Volunteer – contact volunteerPHX@rescue.org
  • Text RESCUE to 738684 to sign up to receive text alerts on action items (will not ask for money)
  • In-kind donations are always needed, contact phoenix@rescue.org to donate items