IRCO served nearly 40,000 clients last year, here are a few of their stories. Take a moment and read some of the success stories of our clients and communities.

 
 

Faces of IRCO: Myanmar (Burma)

Join IRCO in exploring the culture and heritage of Portland’s Burmese refugee population during our next Faces of IRCO workshop. IRCO staff from the Burmese community will discuss the religion, history, government, traditions and general culture of their country and community. Join us for Burmese music, food, cultural presentation and Q&A session. FREE, donations appreciated. Registration required, please do so via link below.

To learn more about IRCO Contact Margaret Malarkey at 503-234-1541.

IRCO Success Stories

  • Faces of IRCO: Myanmar (Burma)
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  • PET Sets Burmese Refugee on the Road to Self Sufficiency When Thay Ro first came to IRCO, he was placed in the pre-lit class of the Pre-Employment Training project after the initial language assessment.
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  • Former IRCO Arts Program Client Featured in Local Gallery Portland artist Minh Quang Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam. After studying city planning and architecture, she worked as an educator and painter in both France and Vietnam.
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  • IRCO’s AIM Program takes student from refugee camp to Johns Hopkins in 3 years After living my whole life in my country, Ethiopia, my father, my sisters and I left for the United States in October 2009, in quest of a better education and opportunity.
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  • IRCO Receives the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award Arthur Balizan, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, has presented the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) for the organization’s outstanding efforts...
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  • Inspire Elizabeth is in the 8th grade at Harrison Park School. Her family is from Mexico and this is her second year IRCO’s INSPIRE program.
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  • ORSS Success Story (Sept 2011) After Olga and her husband passed the immigration interviews, it was time for the ceremony. As the Field Director introduced herself and welcomed the applicants, Olga started to quietly cry.
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  • Client success story #2 Miyuki (*name changed to protect client identity) began working with the RIFS program in 2009. Originally from Japan, Miyuki expressed that around the time she and her husband moved to the States, her husband became agitated...
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  • Client Encouraged to Beat Odds and Succeed in RVT Training Ms. Punam Bhattarai arrived in Portland, Oregon on September 24, 2009 as a refugee with her parents and three siblings. On November 10, 2009, Ms. Bhattarai enrolled in the Refugee Vocational Training (RVT) Project for the Direct Caregiver course...
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  • IRCO Senior Services Help Seniors Stay Independent These days, Irene Mason dictates her correspondence through a friend. A hip and knee replacement, shoulder surgery and a recent car accident make it hard for her to move around, and writing is difficult.
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  • IRCO Partners with Sunday Parkways Three IRCO volunteers and about 15 IRCO youth manned stations at this weekend’s Sunday Parkways on the Eastside of Portland. Sunday Parkways routes create traffic-free streets linking parks and great places to walk and ride bicycles..
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  • Local Youth Help Africa House Seniors Grow On April 11th, the students from Portland YouthBuilders' World CLASS began a service project at IRCO's Africa House. The immigrant and refugees primarily from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea expressed a desire to have garden spaces...
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