As fall approaches, stay tuned for new ways to support IRIS families. The Board and volunteers have been working hard to come up with new fundraising campaigns in order to raise awareness and support our recipients. Unique holiday gift options and a GoFundMe housing campaign will be announced soon!
Update on Current IRIS Recipient
IRIS continues to work with our previously homeless asylum seeking family. This month, their rental subsidy expired and we are hoping to renew our support to them at $300.00 per month. This family fled their home country in the middle of the night with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. They are tremendously hardworking but need additional bridge assistance during this difficult time. They sent the following heartfelt message to IRIS translated as follows: “your organization are our angels. In the middle of so much pain and confusion you are angels that God put in our path. Thanks to people like you, we have hope”.
IRIS at work
Board members and volunteers successfully delivered three beds, other furniture, and household items to a single mother and her three children who are struggling to get on their feet. They were recently sleeping on the floor of a small room with one thin blanket. Upon learning of their situation earlier this summer, IRIS immediately provided a mattress, bedding and food. We are thrilled to report that this month, the family secured stable housing. IRIS supported their transition into an apartment and paid their rental deposit in addition to furnishing the new place. The family is deeply grateful and the school-aged children will return to school with a new sense of stability and comfort in their home.
During the summer, IRIS has received overwhelming support from people wishing to volunteer and they are making a tremendous contribution to IRIS. A heartfelt thank you to all donors and volunteers for continuing to support IRIS!
IRIS would like to thank Ramirez Manual and Underground Writing for this incredible book which allows us to get a glimpse into the perspective of migrant youth in our backyard. It is a welcomed reminder of the resilience and strength of the community we try to serve.