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CIC’s AmeriCorps Program

Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps

The Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps cultivates a healthier and more welcoming Indianapolis

with AmeriCorps placements at social service agencies, religious communities, and other nonprofits.


Apply for AmeriCorps now!

AmeriCorps Application: Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps

AmeriCorps Application: Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps

IRSC members serve in organizations around Indianapolis. The process for becoming a member is to tell us about yourself via the questions below, and email a resume and cover letter to

There is a two-interview process, first with the Interfaith center, and then with up to 3 potential host-sites before a placement is decided on.


IRSC members

  • IRSC member Matea Gelić Matea Gelić is the newest AmeriCorps IRSC member serving at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. She graduated from IUPUI with a degree in International Studies/Global and Cross Cultural Interactions and minors in Religion and Islamic/Arabic Studies. She was born in Bosnia and her family came to Indiana as refugees. Prior to joining IRSC she worked ...
  • IRSC member Ali Shafie IRSC member Ali Shafie comes to the Immigrant Refugee & Service Corps from Nigeria, and after a career in the private sector.
  • IRSC member Nicholas Gilmore Nicholas Gilmore is serving in the Felege Hiywot Center, which was set up by Ethiopian-Hoosiers and teaches all Indy kids about growing food
  • IRSC member Jacqui Langer @ Cancer Support Community Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps (IRSC) member Jacqui Langer took time to tell us about who she is and why what she’s doing is important. Q: Who are you? Where’d you come from? Q: Why did you join AmeriCorps? Q: What are you doing with IRSC? Why do you think it will be important? Q: What do you plan ...
  • IRSC member Sena Ojo Sena Ojo is an IRSC member who serves at Iglesia Nueva Creación where she helps foster good Health, Safety, Faith, Fun, and Education for multicultural development.
  • IRSC member Tendayi Bwititi Tendayi Bwititi is an Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps Member who is hosted at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. He works with the Faith Health Initiative, where he involved in scheduling regular team meetings, sending out reminders; creating agendas; and, tracking intervention plans. Q: Tell us about yourself.  Tendayi says: Q: Why did you join AmeriCorps? Tendayi says: Q: Why do you ...
  • IRSC member Matt Ralls Matt Ralls works as a Health Promotions Assistant for Community Health Network, one of the largest hospital networks in Indy.
  • IRSC visits An Lac Buddhist Temple The Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps is the CIC’s AmeriCorps program that extends access to services to Central Indiana’s population of newcomers. The recently visited a Buddhist temple formed by Vietnamese refugees.
  • New IRSC members and their hosts CIC’s AmeriCorps program, the Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps, cultivates community support to increase services, build capacity and strengthen the network of service providers who are addressing the needs of our immigrant and refugee population.
  • IRSC member Liz Irk Liz’s duties focus on reaching out to immigrant and refugee communities impacted by cancer, including organizing cancer-related educational opportunities for refugees and immigrants, recruiting and managing bilingual volunteers, coordinating outreach interpreters and managing material translations
  • 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 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’s Rose Ohiami Rose Ohiami is hosted by La Plaza, where she assists families with completion of applications for food stamps, cash assistance and/or Medicaid, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving programs.
  • 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.
  • IRSC’s Erin Tock Erin Tock is a first year member of the AmeriCorps program, the Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps. Erin’s host site is NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Indiana.
  • IRSC’s Damarius Johnson First year IRSC member Damarius Johnson works with 300 8th graders with the Peace Learning Center


IRSC member blog


IRSC Host Sites

Butler UniversityLiz Thompson connects service learning to newcomers. Every semester Liz tracks 150 Butler students serving at approximately 10 sites. She directly oversees three sites that work with the immigrant and refugee community:


Cancer Support Community — Liz Irk extends free cancer support and education opportunities to immigrants and others.

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

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Exodus Refugee Immigration — Katey Humphries provides cultural orientation for newly arrived refugees

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La Plaza — Rose Ohiami facilitates Latino client interaction






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

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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 serves Jewish immigrant and refugee populations


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

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CIC — Lyla Spath connects faith-based groups with newcomers

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The Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps is a proud Indiana AmeriCorps program with Serve Indiana.

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  1. Mary Upton February 4, 2016 Reply

    Hello: I read how some of the volunteers with AmeriCorps Immigration and Refugee Service Corps helped some families enroll in health insurance. I am interested in setting up such a service at our church and wondered if there is someone that I could speak to? Thanks Mary Upton 317-506-4139

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