Friends of Refugees

A U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Watchdog Group

Boise mayor’s office and local businesses team up to help refugees

Posted by Christopher Coen on April 4, 2012

The City of Boise has established a plan, known as the Refugee Resource Strategic Community Plan, to help refugees moving into the city in six areas of need – education, employment, health, housing, social integration and transportation. The city works with local businesses and agencies to help refugees with job training, learning English, finding housing, and made city transportation easier to use and help find better ways to connect people to city resources. Currently, more than 100 local businesses and agencies have joined in to help. An article and video report at Boise’s KTVB has more:

BOISE– Community leaders are the people who can make a town feel like a home. That is why in Boise, community partnerships are key to welcoming the refugee population.

Three years ago, the city started working on the Refugee Resource Strategic Community Plan.  Local businesses and the mayor’s office teamed up to help refugees moving into Boise.

Theresa McLeod with the Mayor’s office says Boise’s plan is getting national attention.  Last week, she presented the plan at the Episcopal Migration Ministry conference and says other communities are looking into creating similar programs.

“I think that spirit of collaboration we take for granted in Boise,” said Theresa McLeod, with Mayor David Bieter’s office.

The Refugee Resource Community Plan has formed partnerships in six different areas, education, employment, health, housing, social integration and transportation.

Boise and the Idaho Refugee Center decided those are the most important areas to focus on to help refugees become part of our community… Read more here

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