GARDENERS AT IRRVA GROW THEIR FOOD TO SUPPLEMENT FAMILY BUDGETS.
IRRVA a 501 c (3) exempt organization serves low or no income, vulnerable kids and families who are refugees, immigrants, and locals, without discrimination including the homeless and almost homeless. IRRVA serves people from Africa, Asia, Middle East, U.S.A. and other parts of the world. While all refugees face significant barriers, the majority of the African refugee and immigrant community in particular those who have no formal education, therefore inability to speak, read, and write English tend to face great obstacles and are more vulnerable than those who had had some form of education, speak and write English.
Goals And Objectives:
Main goal is to prevent homelessness by 1.creating a sustainable program to train and hire 75 people yearly, who will create traditionally inspired garments, accessories for selling online in New Mexico and globally;2. Educate families; 3. Promote gardening ( grow own food) for consumption and marketing for healthy living.4. Teach Nutrition and healthy cooking for overall health.
- Strengthen and support resettled families, local low income, immigrants and other vulnerable people in New Mexico through advocacy, education and empowerment;
- Develop networks of refugee,immigrant and community leaders focused on educational success from birth to college;
- promote and improve the health of families;
- Prevent disease;
- mobilize and assist community leaders and communities to identify community needs and strategies as it relates to raising children who are connected socially, emotionally, educationally and economically;
- Familiarize refugees with the U.S. Health-care system
- Provide direct or referral Services to address unmet needs in the areas of English language training, employment, housing, health, social services or self help;
- Organize efforts and orientation designed to inform the refugee and other immigrant communities about issues essential to functioning well in their new home;
- Provide focused orientation and assistance to parents in connecting with the school system;
- Preserve refugee and immigrant traditional art forms;
- Advocate for and with refugee and immigrant communities;
- Educate the Community at large about the presence, contributions, resilience and potential of refugee and immigrants;
- Promote Each One Teach One concept where people who have learned a skill or are successful teach and help another succeed
- Secure and manage a One Stop Center to provide a myriad of services to families
- Assist families in growing own food for consumption and marketing;
- Develop Culturally sensitive child care programming
Current Programs & Services
Youth and Education Services
Center for Women Empowerment and homelessness prevention
Goal: 2. Assist refugees to convene Refugee Healing Circles for adults and youth where participants with the help of mental work practitioners, social workers and refugees who have inter grated successfully can gather in safe spaces to better meet the mental needs of each participant through activities identified by and for refugees.
Goal 3. To assist children and families in health promotion and disease prevention
Goal 4. To ensure children and their families have access to healthy foods
Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution Family Peace Services
Goal: to educate refugees and other immigrants about American laws to reduce domestic violence, incidents of child neglect/abuse, American way of disciplining children, dealing with the criminal justice system, gender-based violence, strengthening couple relationships.
Elderly and Disabled Services
Interpretation and Translation Services Resources
Work in Progress: We are not fully able to implement all this and other initiative yet without the proper space for clients to have the training and practice. We believe it will be one of the most rewarding initiatives for the New Mexico at risk immigrant, refugee community.
In Focus: International Language School/Global Charter School in partnership with local organizations to address the unmet needs of refugee and other immigrant children.
Collecting and deliver furniture, kitchenware, clothes, and other necessities to supplement family budget. Refugees and other immigrants come to New Mexico with no money and very few personal possessions. IRRVA rallies community support.
PARTNER WITH IRRVA - Donate
Please help IRRVA help "hard to reach" and "at risk" families help themselves. Please donate. Please mail your check donation to IRRVA P.O. Box 93445, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. 87199. Thank you.