Watch this 8-minute video to learn about one group's experience co-sponsoring an Iraqi family through IRIS.
Whenever possible, IRIS recruits community based groups – often churches and other houses of worship – to participate in this great mission of welcoming and resettling refugee families in Connecticut. Not surprisingly, refugee families come with a lot of needs. Community groups can help in many ways. The following is a list of tasks that groups can help with:
Growing out of a tradition of faith-based refugee resettlement, IRIS looks to congregations and other community-based groups to partner with us in our mission, and even host (as a full co-sponsor) a refugee family in their community. IRIS trains community groups in the requirements of co-sponsorship and guides them as they move through the process. Groups that are unable to undertake a full co-sponsorship are encouraged to assist where they can. Some groups, for example, choose to furnish an apartment and welcome a new family on arrival. Others have contributed money towards refugees’ support.