The Left is always seeking ways to feel good about themselves. Here is another way they can feel good on the tax payer’s dollar.
‘One of the first points of contact for refugees entering the U.S. is often the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit that resettles nearly 10,000 refugee cases annually [this year they aren’t placing 10,000-ed] and helps them with everything from navigating new kitchen appliances to finding jobs and learning English. This work gives refugees a good start, but from there, they still face perhaps one of the most difficult parts of the process: becoming a part of their new community.
The IRC began its New Roots program about 10 years ago in the hopes of using agriculture and community gardening to support refugees in rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.
The program works in shared gardens in cities across the United States, giving refugees the opportunity to strengthen existing skills in gardening, to preserve their culinary identity by growing culturally relevant foods, and, in some cases, to participate in farmers markets.
One participating city was Baltimore, where the IRC started up a small network of shared refugee-focused gardens by working with local churches and the Goodnow Community Center. The gardens, in churchyards and on the lawns surrounding active community hubs, quickly became busy with refugees looking to connect with nature, grow their own crops, and plug into the local food system.
But the spaces soon transcended these uses — in addition to the crops the refugees were planting, Baltimore’s gardens began to nurture a sense of social cohesion among residents.
Reading between the lines at Resilience gives us a hint that something wasn’t going smoothly, but that isn’t my purpose in writing this post. We are never going to be told about the failures and waste of money.
I want readers to know (because ‘Resilience’ won’t say it) that they are very expensive veggies these refugees are growing, and contractors, like the IRC, manage the hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to grow some culturally relevant food!’ https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/rich-international-rescue-committee-gets-richer-with-grants-for-refugee-gardens/#more-167552