Here's a press release from the Idaho Alliance for Ukrainian Immigrants and Refugees:
On May 28th, the Ukrainian Welcome Center will be hosting its grand opening event. The Center began providing services to Ukrainians who have been displaced by the war. Idaho has just over 200 Ukrainians already in our state, made up of more than 30 families. The Ukrainian Welcome Center will be offering a variety of services including education, housing, assistance with documentation, access to necessities such as food, clothing, and transportation.
The Idaho Office for Refugees and our resettlement partners hosted a Community Coordination Meeting on May 10 to connect, share updates, and hear feedback and questions.
These gatherings happen quarterly and are open to the public. Next meeting:
Read on for a recap of our May updates.
The REACH summer youth program starts back up for its second year when school is out! The free program in Boise is geared toward youth from refugee backgrounds who are in middle school and older, as well as their younger siblings. Activities include games, art projects, reading, lunch, and field trips.
The program is organized by the Idaho Office for Refugees with the help of Glocal Community Partnerships and other supporting nonprofits. Last year, organizations including the Boise Bicycle Project, Boise Library, Refugee Speakers Bureau, Tidwell, and Grow Outdoor Access hosted great events for the students.
Volunteers welcome! We’ll meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-3 p.m., June 7 to Aug. 11. Sign up here to volunteer.
For information about location and volunteering, please contact Chantale Niyonkuru, youth program specialist at IOR: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are halfway through the fiscal year, and Idaho has welcomed more than 600 refugee arrivals since Oct. 1. We are projected to resettle 1,333 men, women and children this year from all over the world.
Click here for the April newsletter from the Idaho Office for Refugees.
Photo: Refugee Speakers Bureau Coordinator Salome Mwangi presents at Storyfort 2022. Credit: Brandon Loureiro Photography.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
Thank you to the generous organizations who
support our outreach: