Award-winning Iraqi-American artist Luma Jasim presented a live painting and storytelling performance this year accompanied by original music from Ryan Garrett. Luma shared powerful moments from her childhood growing up amid war.
Luma has been working with local youth to teach stop-motion animations, which were displayed during her May 4th performance at the Linen Building. More student workshops will take place this month with our summer program.
Our deepest gratitude to Luma and Ryan and to Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for grant support. Photos by Gracieux Baraka. Video by Özgür Seyben with editing by Tandem Lens.
The Idaho Office for Refugees is pleased to welcome Terry Graves to the new role of Housing Specialist. Terry will work closely with our partners to identify housing opportunities for arriving families and individuals to afford them the best possible start in their new American life.
World Refugee Day Boise was a beautiful celebration of culture and humanity. Thank you to everyone who joined us as a guest, performer, vendor, volunteer, and partner.
Thank you to our generous sponsors, to our co-organizer: Agency for New Americans and IRC Boise; to our team of volunteers; and to Capital City Public Market, our wonderful neighbor for the event.
Photography by Cat Wheaton (@theloveclub_boise). Find more photos on the World Refugee Day Boise Facebook page.
Join the Ukrainian Welcome Center - Idaho for a one-year anniversary celebration on May 27! We are amazed by and so grateful for the hard-working community members who launched this center last spring after the invasion of Ukraine. They have helped hundreds of families and individuals find a safe and loving place to land. They came together as grassroots volunteers, many of whom had personal ties to Ukraine, others who did not, and quickly jumped into action. We are proud to partner with them.
We invite you to support our programs during Idaho Gives!
Idaho Gives is a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center and powered by Idaho Central Credit Union.
NOTE: This workshop has been postponed with hopes of offering it in early 2024. Stay tuned!
Neighbors United and the Boise School District are teaming up to offer a two-day course for educators called "New Americans in the Classroom: A Deeper Dive."
Registration is now open to Boise School District staff, and will soon open up to educators from other districts and organizations for a total of 50 participants.
Join artist Luma Jasmin for a live painting with music provided by Ryan Garrett. This event is free and open to all along with the serving of appetizers. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and the live painting performance will begin at 6:30.
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Thank you to resettlement agencies, community partners, and local residents for taking part in this week's Community Coordination Meeting in Boise! Click here for a recap of updates, events, opportunities and resources.
IOR's Global Gardens crew in Boise is excited to welcome two new faces to the team:
Jordan Unger, Operations Assistant
Jordan was born and raised in Boise and recently moved back after spending most of the last decade living out of state. He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana, where he gained a deep appreciation for writing and telling the stories of marginalized groups of people. Jordan has worked in outdoor education, on small vegetable farms, and as a journalist. In his new role with Global Gardens, he's particularly excited about the community-building aspect inherent in farming. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys reading, discovering new international music and any type of aquatic situation.
David Goff, Farm Assistant
David is a passionate farmer from Boise who is dedicated to sustainable and organic farming practices that prioritize the health of the soil and the environment. David's deep love and respect for the land inspired him to pursue his dream of regenerative agriculture where he focuses on restoring soil health, reducing waste, and creating a sustainable future for generations to come. He firmly believes that the way we treat the land has a direct impact on the environment including soil health, water quality, and food nutrition. He is also a proud owner of a young yellow Labrador named Babe who shares his love for the farm.
Every quarter, the Idaho Office for Refugees and resettlement partners in the Boise area gather to share updates and opportunities. All community members are welcome. We'll have a time of open sharing to promote your organization's opportunities that are relevant to the refugee resettlement community and partners.
When: 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11
Where: Sagebrush Room, Boise Library at Cole & Ustick, 7557 W Ustick Rd, Boise
RSVP: Google Form or email email@example.com
Baklava, tea and coffee will be served.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
Thank you to the generous organizations who
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