Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Immigrant Refugee Service Corps

The Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program hosted by CIC, mobilizes community support to increase services to newcomers and others in Central Indiana. IRSC members took the lead in formulating the Ethnic Self-Help Charter, which identified mental health as an urgent need for newcomers.

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From left: Mussie Ghebreyohanns; Damaris Franco; Ben Leslie (kneeling); Mayor Greg Ballard (not an IRSC member); Erin Tock; Liz Irk; Rose Ohiami; Eduardo Luna (kneeling); Lauren Morgan; Katey Humphries; Hanako Gavia

More about IRSC members

  • IRSC’s Eduardo Luna Eduardo Luna is a first year IRSC team member whose host site is Big Car
  • Counseling services are crucial for Indy’s immigrant community Damaris Franco is serving at Christian Theological Seminary’s counseling center as an AmeriCorps member for the Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps.
  • IRSC: Introduction On September 10th, CIC welcomed ten new Americorps members for training as the Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps. I am one of them serving here at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. We are currently serving at eight community organizations engaged in relationships with immigrants and refugees around Indianapolis. In addition to helping build capacity at those ...
  • IRSC AmeriCorps Service Opportunity CIC’s Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps has been renewed for its third year! The 10 member AmeriCorps program provides a platform to assist and learn from new Americans in our community. We serve to communicate and collaborate more effectively amongst neighbors and service providers in Indianapolis. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Immigrant ...
  • IRSC member Mussie Zena Immigrant Refugee & Service Corps member Mussie Zena serves at Catholic Charities, where he helps immigrants and refugees with employment appointments and interviews
  • IRSC member Hanako Gavia IRSC job title: Welcoming Indianapolis Coordinator at New Immigrant Center   Why she chose AmeriCorps service: “I am motivated more by helping people than by money,” Hanako said.   Why AmeriCorps and IRSC are important: “AmeriCorps helps builds organizational capacity.,” Hanako said. “IRSC helps connect organizations and makes collaboration easier.”   Education: B.A. in International Studies with minors in Japanese and Spanish. She plans to ...
  • IRSC member Lyla Spath IRSC member Lyla Spath, hosted at the Center for interfaith Cooperation, shares the opportunities for service and learning that this AmeriCorps program provides.

In 2014 12 IRSC members were hosted by 12 agencies.

Butler University —Liz Thompson connects service learning to newcomers

Cancer Support Community — Liz Irk extends cancer support to immigrants and others

CTS Counseling Center — Damaris Franco provides bilingual marriage and family therapy

Exodus Refugee Immigration — Katey Humphries orients newly arrived refugees

La Plaza — Rose Ohiami facilitates Latino client interaction

National Alliance on Mental Illness — Erin Tock extends support to families struggling with mental illness

Immigrant Welcome Center — Hanako Gavia creates Welcoming Indy events and other community education

Big Car — Eduardo Luna brings community art to Latinos

Peace Learning Center — Damarius Johnson deliver’s PLC’s “mindfulness curriculum” in schools

Jewish Family Services — Lauren Morgan serves Jewish immigrant and refugee populations

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement — Mussie Ghebreyohanns conducts mental health assessments for new refugees

CIC — Lyla Spaeth connects faith-based groups with newcomers


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