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Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Building Hope
    • Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries
  • 2. Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM)
    • Faith-based
    • Non-profit
    • Incorporated in January 1994
    • Many years of prior refugee resettlement work and volunteer services through multiple denominations and in partnership with Church World Service
  • 3. Community Context and Populations at Risk
    • Serves over 6,500 refugees per year in the Fresno Area of California San Joaquin Valley
    • Primarily Southeast Asian, Slavic and African
    • Most clients have limited English
    • Families who have heard of FIRM from out of the area have come to FIRM for assistance
    • Non-refugee families aware of FIRM'S services also come for guidance to and referral for outside assistance
    • Advocacy services provided to all refugees
    • Has services for refugees of all ages and various needs
  • 4.  
  • 5. Agency Mission and Aims Analysis
    • Though FIRM is a faith-based organization, there is no direct proselytizing of clients.
    • Participation in religious services or adherence to a particular religious belief is not required to receive services. Services are provided to refugee families of all cultures and religious traditions.
    • Understands the importance of relationships, community ties, and collaboration
    • Is culturally-sensitive and culturally-competent
  • 6. Programs and Services
    • Employment Programs
    • Hmong Health Collaborative
    • Slavic Family Support
    • Healthy Homes Project
    • Community Gardens
    • Preschool Program
    • Hot Meal Program
    • FIRM Family Festivals
    • Elder Services
    • Family Support and Advocacy Services
    • Church Leadership Supports
    • Lead Programs
    • Citizenship/English as a Second Language classes
    Only a few will be covered in this presentation.
  • 7.  
  • 8. Healthy Homes
    • Healthy homes programs empower neighborhood residents through assessment, education, and community organizing for healthier communities, civic engagement, housing quality improvements, and affordable housing development.
  • 9. Hmong Health Collaborative
    • Programs develop culturally appropriate and faith based PICO (People Improving Communities Through Organizing) Community Organizing to guide New Americans to become leaders and solve health care access problems for their communities.
  • 10. Elder Services
    • Elder support programs provide citizenship training, teach English, serve hot meals, and offer civic participation and cultural arts to build skills and self esteem.
  • 11. Community Gardens
    • Community Garden programs give families the ability to grow their own food to promote family food security and utilize traditional farming abilities.
  • 12. Employment Programs
    • Designed to help refugees with job skills, job search, and job placement
    • Recently awarded the only grant in Fresno County for Vocational English as a Second Language
  • 13. Funding Sources
    • The United Way of Fresno County
    • Generous Churches and Individuals
    • Presbytery of San Joaquin
    • Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
    • N. Ca. - Nv. Conference, U.C.C.
    • The California Endowment
    • Self Development of People
    • Office of Refugee Resettlement
    • Rotary Clubs
    • Fresno Regional Foundation
    • The California Wellness Foundation
    • Fresno County Human Services System
    • Faith and Community Based Initiatives
    • First Five, Fresno County
    • Presbyterian Women, PCUSA
    • Southeast Asian Resource Action Center
  • 14. Agency Practices Analysis
    • Has received numerous awards for excellent public service
    • Is well-trusted among refugee community members and is well-known and recognized in the service community
    • At times, has service limitations due to funding or grant rules or regulations but strives to provide the best service to clients
    • Is always seeking to carry out, expand, and continue programs
    • Built and builds successful relationships with other agencies & community members for a cohesive & collaborative approach toward problem solving
    • Continual planning and evaluation of practice through meetings/discussions
    • Refers out for services unable to be provided
  • 15. Significance of Service Social Work Core Values and Ethical Principles
    • Service
    • Provides excellent service from an empowerment perspective, empowerment is part of mission vision
    • Social Justice
    • Understands that clients have had to leave their homeland and face many challenges as they settle in a new country
    • Dignity and Worth of the Person
    • Works with each client with care, respect, and sensitivity
    • Importance of Human Relationships
    • Knows the importance of family and community ties and dynamics, networks with other community members and agencies for more effective service
    • Integrity
    • Every staff member is professional in their roles and does not step out of boundaries
    • Competence
    • Possess expertise but always seek to improve their knowledge base
  • 16. Building Hope Together!