We stand with Idahoans in calling out the dehumanizing statements of a former Boise police captain. Community members and leaders, elected officials, police officers, and many others have come together to show this is unacceptable.
Our office has worked closely with Boise PD for many years, specifically through trainings and the refugee liaison officer role, to build relationships and deepen understanding. These efforts are making an important difference, and the connections are growing across local law enforcement departments.
Idahoans for decades have come together to make sure new neighbors in the refugee resettlement program have a place to belong and feel safe again. And that’s what we continue to build upon as a community.
We work closely with the refugee liaison officer at the Boise Police Department and welcome any feedback and concerns. Please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Beth Norton to the team!
Please join us in welcoming Beth Norton to our team! Beth started today in the role of Events & Partnerships Coordinator, where she will lead events including the Idaho Conference on Refugees and World Refugee Day (Boise) and will be a connector with our community partners.
Beth is a well-known local comedian and storyteller whose projects include Idaho's Best Comedian Competition and Story Story Night's Late Night season.
She has a master's in Public Administration from Boise State University, served two terms as a staff member in the Idaho Legislature, and was an Idaho Voices for Children board member for three years, working toward improvements to the foster care system.
Welcome, Beth, we are fortunate to have you on the team!
One of our favorite things about the Idaho Conference on Refugees is the workshops! Workshops allow for meaningful conversations and important trainings that bring us together and improve the work we do to build community.
Our next conference is coming up on Feb. 22 & 23 in Boise, and we are now accepting proposals from those who would like to lead a workshop.
Please learn more and apply here.
We're hiring! Operations Coordinator
The Operations Coordinator will ensure that our work at the Idaho Office for Refugees reaches its fullest potential, both within our office and in the communities we serve. You will help us streamline our operations, set and track goals, create a bigger picture view of activities, and improve the efficiency of how we do things.
Your organization, precision, and attention to detail will enable us to have a greater statewide impact, a focus on outcomes, and stronger connection with our grantees and partners as we carry on the legacy of refugee resettlement in Idaho.
We're excited to introduce you to Whitney Alsallum, our new Donor & Volunteer Relations Coordinator. Whitney will be your go-to for questions on how to get involved and come alongside our work!
Whitney has been involved in the nonprofit space for over a decade, focusing on community engagement. She has a passion for refugee resettlement and encouraging inclusivity in and around Boise, her hometown.
She graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor's in communication and a minor in Arabic. Creating friendships with people from other cultures brings her joy, and she has been involved with Glocal, International Student programs, and local tutoring services to build those connections. Her last project was expanding a program called Serve the City, which managed relationships with nonprofits and connected people for a day of volunteering around the city every month.
Outside of work, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons, ages 6 and 1, and practicing Arabic.
Welcome, Whitney! Reach her at email@example.com.
We're thrilled to introduce Zahraa Naser, our newest career advisor at Global Talent.
Zahraa is originally from Iraq and grew up in Boise. She brings years of experience in working with refugees and immigrants.
“I know how difficult it can be to start all over or even find a job within their field," she said.
As a career advisor she'll be working closely with job seekers to help them rebuild and reclaim their careers in Idaho.
One way to get toddlers to eat carrots and beets? Let them pick it from the ground and wash it themselves.
That’s just what 2-year-old twins Ransom and Rachel did at the Global Gardens Pond Street farm during an August field trip.
The twins and their peers from Welcome Friends Childcare & Preschool LLC visited the Boise farm to learn where the veggies they eat at day care come from and how they’re grown.
Welcome Friends is one of seven childcare facilities that partners with Global Gardens and Nutrition Works to receive fresh produce grown by local farmers from refugee backgrounds.
The program reaches between 60 and 100 children from Caldwell to Mountain Home for 18 weeks during the growing season.
“The impact of Welcome Friends Childcare's connection with Global Gardens can't be overstated,” Welcome Friends owner Jacqueline Manderscheid said. “The children in my program have multi-sensory connections with their food. It's an experience every child deserves to have.”
Read on to see some adorable pictures and video from the visit!
Free Back-to-School Vaccine Clinic
Central District Health is providing a back-to-school immunization clinic at Whittier Elementary School in Boise from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 12.
Pre-K through 12th grade students will be able to get any required school entry immunizations at no cost.
Below are flyers in Arabic, English, Farsi and Swahili. Interpreters will also be available at the clinic.
August events & updates
Check out our latest newsletter here! In it, you'll find:
Global Gardens, our Boise-based program for farmers, is grateful to announce that Spirit Airlines has generously donated $20,000 toward our efforts!
The airlines presented the check to our team on Friday, Aug. 5, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the airline's first flight from Boise.
Funny story - we almost missed this amazing opportunity.
"I have a confession to make," said Rabiou Manzo, Global Gardens program manager (first picture above). "With all the spam calls we receive these days, when I first picked up Lanie’s call from Spirit Airlines, I thought for a minute that I had picked a spam call. I almost said, 'Thank you, but I’m busy right now.' I’m so grateful that I didn’t!"
This donation creates a win-win by helping farmers take their careers to the next level while giving the local community more access to fresh produce.
For almost 20 years Global Gardens has provided training and resources to refugee and immigrant farmers, allowing them to continue farming as they rebuild their lives here in the U.S. Several of our farmers grow ethnic produce from their home countries that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible to local buyers.
We currently have six farm sites and 16 farmers in the Global Gardens program. Land is generously leased at no charge by the City of Boise, Five Mile Church of the Nazarene, Blue Cross of Idaho, Healthwise, the Idaho Department of Correction, and a private Boise resident.
"It’s exciting to see Spirit Airlines come alongside our mission to build healthier communities and bring more opportunities to the farmers who grow our food locally," Rabiou said.
We're not the only ones benefitting. The Spirit Charitable Foundation has committed to give $1 million in 2022 toward helping children and their family members, service members, and the environment, according to Simple Flying. We're grateful to be among the recipients.
Join Our CSA
It's not too late to join the Global Garden's CSA program. Members of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) receive weekly produce from a Global Gardens farmer. It's the largest CSA program in the Treasure Valley!
Visit globalgardensboise.org before Aug. 21 coming days to sign up for the final six weeks of the growing season.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager
Thank you to the generous organizations who
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