To our dear friends and partners,
Thank you for helping create an Idaho where people seeking refuge can find hope and belonging.
Our community’s support has been so important during the past few months of turmoil in Afghanistan, where people like you and me suddenly found themselves torn away from their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.
It breaks our hearts to see anyone have to flee their country. Together, we can support their transition to Idaho and create opportunities for all of us to thrive.
After years of record low admissions nationally, Idaho is back on track to welcome more than a thousand women, men and children from around the world in the coming year.
We’re thankful for this growth and know there is work to do. As you consider your year-end giving, we ask that you keep us in mind during this critical time.
The Idaho Office for Refugees coordinates Idaho’s resettlement efforts and builds strong partnerships to better serve people from refugee backgrounds.
We recently partnered with City of Good in Boise, which delivers warm meals from local restaurants three times a week to families from Afghanistan staying in temporary housing.
We're also working closely with Glocal Community Partners to organize outings so newly arrived families and individuals don't feel isolated in an unfamiliar place.
After a day of food and games in the park, one man messaged saying:
I have a special thanks for your group. It was an amazing day for me. It was a long time ago that I went to a picnic. Even I forgot the time. We spent a really good day.
At a time when one’s life has been turned upside down, gathering with new friends and enjoying some fresh air and a meal that’s reminiscent of home can bring a powerful sense of comfort and community.
When we come together, Idahoans old and new connect in meaningful ways. We invite you to continue being a part of this life-changing work with a year-end financial gift to the Idaho Office for Refugees.
Your generosity is deeply felt. You can donate online at idahorefugees.org.
Thank you for being here with us.
Director & State Refugee Coordinator, Idaho Office for Refugees
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager