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