IRIS is excited to partner in the national launch of Welcome Corps to welcome refugee newcomers as they begin life in America. You can join us to sponsor refugees. As a sponsor, your group of at least 5 US residents will secure and furnish housing, greet refugee newcomers at the airport, enroll children in school, and help adults find employment. These shared acts of welcome strengthen communities and make it easier for newcomers to adjust to life in the U.S. — providing access to critical services, social networks and initial financial and in-kind support.
What Is the Welcome Corps?
Many of the refugee families who will be welcomed by sponsors in the first months of Welcome Corps will come from Sub-Saharan Africa, where they have been waiting for years to restart their lives in safety.
Learn More Here!
If you would like to sponsor someone you know, please visit the Welcome Corps website to learn more about the application process and guidelines!
If you are a current or former client, staff member, or other IRIS supporter with an interest in sponsoring someone you know, please complete this Interest Form with IRIS, but do not wait for a response from us. Instead, please go directly to the Welcome Corps website, use the Refugee Eligibility Tool to assess your situation, and attend an Application Support Session to understand the application process.
Are you a refugee looking for information on how you can be resettled in the United States and supported by private sponsors through the Welcome Corps? Learn more about the U.S. resettlement process and the Welcome Corps here: https://welcomecorps.org/resources/for-refugees/. Select languages from the translation menu located at the top of your screen.