When you donate to the Idaho Office for Refugees, your dollars support refugee farmers and professionals, young families, and new community members who are learning English.
On this Giving Tuesday, we invite you to learn more about our programs and consider making a donation here.
We love this compassionate community and are so grateful for your support! Here's a look at our programs that benefit from donations:
The 14th annual Idaho Conference on Refugees is back in Boise Feb. 28 to March 1, 2022, and we're accepting your ideas now for workshops.
If you work or have expertise in a subject matter that would be valuable and educational for conference attendees, we want to hear from you.
This year we are focusing our conference on speakers, workshops, and discussions about moving beyond welcoming and into belonging.
Workshops we choose will highlight new ideas to fill gaps in service, best practices to maximize our work, out-of-the-box partnerships, advocacy for refugees and immigrants, and approaches to fighting hate.
The conference has a varied attendance, so workshops in education, healthcare, youth, case management, community building, communications, advocacy, and other topics that build a stronger community and teach best practice are welcome. We are especially looking for workshops that discuss how we can better build inclusivity and equity in our work and in our community.
The deadline to apply to lead a workshop is Dec. 10. Workshops run 1 hour & 15 minutes. Learn more and find application details here.
Thank you to our event partners, Boise State University! We plan to hold the two-day conference at Boise State's Student Union Building, though that is subject to change based on potential Covid conditions in the community.
On this Veterans Day, two local features highlight the ways veterans' stories and refugees' stories intersect in meaningful ways.
Tecle Gebremichael resettled in Idaho after spending years in a refugee camp. He went on to enroll in the U.S. Army.
"I want people to understand that we’re ready to lose our lives for this country. When a refugee who has been in the United States for only a few years signs up to make that commitment, it gives me a special feeling of pride," Tecle wrote in a guest opinion published by the Idaho Statesman.
"This is a proud Veterans Day for me because my newborn son, Books, is just 16 days old," he wrote. "When I was living in a refugee camp, I didn’t know if I would survive, let alone become a father and a member of the Army in America."
This week we also heard from Ava Steven, who told a powerful story from her childhood in Iraq, when she found herself hiding for safety face to face with U.S. soldiers.
"In this moment, I just felt there is no difference between us," she remembers. "When it's time to (need) safety, we all going to look for safety."
Click here to listen to Ava's full conversation with Boise State Public Radio Morning Show host George Prentice, U.S. Air Force veteran David Manning, and Refugee Speakers Bureau Coordinator Salome Mwangi.
Join our team! The Idaho Office for Refugees is hiring two critical positions that support the work of empowering people from refugee backgrounds to rebuild and thrive in Idaho.
Consider and share the following job opportunities:
1) Project Manager at Global Talent. Lead the mission to guide refugees and immigrants on the path to reclaim their careers in Idaho.
2) Operations Coordinator. This is a new role at IOR. We are looking for someone who has passion for organizing and for moving us to the next level in project management guidance and tools.
Our partner, Agency for New Americans, is also hiring a Housing Specialist.
Click here to learn more about all three opportunities.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager