The U.S. State Department has announced a major pilot program that will expand private sponsorship of refugees.
The new Welcome Corps program, a public-private partnership, will make it possible for everyday Americans and institutions to privately sponsor refugees from across the world in search of safety in the U.S.
The Idaho Office for Refugees welcomes new team members Nawid Mousa and Anna Galitsyna.
Nawid will be managing the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to support the Afghan community in Idaho. The program aims to open an Afghan cultural center in the Treasure Valley in the first half of 2023.
Anna is our new Operations Coordinator. Her organizational skills and attention to detail will streamline our operations and help build stronger connections with our grantees and partners.
Dave Morris, a local leader with the YMCA, has joined the Idaho Office for Refugees as Resettlement Services Manager. In his new role, Morris will work closely with resettlement agency partners and support frontline work with refugees.
Morris developed a passion for community service through a 23-year career in YMCA leadership, most recently as executive director of the Downtown Boise YMCA. He’s no stranger to the local refugee community. At the Y, Morris organized Welcoming Week events, connected refugee community members with opportunities to become members, and worked with refugee resettlement organizations to support youth programming.
“In my work with our community’s refugee support agencies over the years, what I experienced again and again was a strong shared desire to improve the lives of others and make this world better for everyone,” Morris said. “I want to see Idaho as a welcoming place for everybody, and the Idaho Office for Refugees really does a lot to further that cause.”
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
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