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From Afghanistan to Atlanta: Winter Update

It’s been a while since we reached out! The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta is working alongside communities and partners to welcome Afghans who were evacuated last fall and support them to rebuild their lives here in Georgia.

Since September 2021, we have welcomed 799 individuals—more than 230 families—and as our Executive Director, Justin Howell, shares in the brief update video, we simply could not do this work without your support! Thank you to everyone who has answered this call!

WATCH: Update from Executive Director, Justin Howell [recorded 3/1/22]

No time to watch the video? Here’s our Fast Facts:

  • We have welcomed 799 Afghan evacuees (238 families) to Atlanta since September
  • 70% of these arrivals are now in their permanent housing
  • We have raised $1.3 million of our $1.7 million fundraising goal so far (THANK YOU!)
  • We have already spent over $1 million to cover short term housing for Afghan families
  • The IRC in Atlanta has hired more than 45 new staff members
  • Our staff is busy enrolling children in school, helping adults to find jobs, meeting medical needs, and consulting with arrivals around their immigration options
  • Since September we have also welcomed over 100 people through the U.S. Refugee Admissions program, from countries including Somalia, Syria and Ethiopia
  • We already have 52 refugee arrivals scheduled for March!

Please recommit to this work alongside us and make a donation today to support the humanitarian mission of the IRC in Atlanta, the people we serve and communities in which we work: Rescue.org/GiveAtlanta

To view open positions at the IRC in Atlanta, please visit Rescue.org/Careers


To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Senior Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.

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