IRIS after School Program – Minute for Mission February 2017

I started volunteering at IRIS (IRIS is the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services headquartered on Nicoll St.)  7 years ago.  I’ve worked in different capacities.  I helped out with the CT Foodbank pick-ups, stocking the food pantry at IRIS (which is where I met the wonderful Betty Whitney).  I have helped prepare apartments for new arrivals and transported volunteers.  But My Latest, and perhaps favorite so far is what I am specifically talking about today and that is the IRIS Afterschool Program that is held at the Fair Haven Middle school.

Many school-aged refugee children have never entered a classroom before coming to the US.… Continue