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February vacation fun! To encourage refugee mothers to come to English class even though their older kids were home this week, we told them to bring the kids along.

These girls loved making slime one day, and colorful self-portraits the next-- turning fabric scraps from our women's sewing group into their own works of art!

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We have the same hopes, Mr. President.

PS- We're closed Monday for Presidents' Day, but we'll be back on Tuesday, working hard towards Washington's dream.

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Our new IRIS promo video!
Early Learning Dance Party
Thank you Senator Richard Blumenthal for joining us this morning at the 10th Annual Run for Refugees, and for being a strong voice in Washington supporting refugees.

Just 4.1 miles of water separate Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos. Between 2015 and 2016, 600,000 migrants made the treacherous crossing.

Next Tuesday 2/20 from 3-6pm at Yale University, view this short documentary and hear from a panel, including our director Chris George, about the desperation refugees experience that causes them to seek safety at all costs.

Find details at…/greek-seas-ithacas-redisco….

A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.

Don't let the dreary weather get you down! There's joy to be found everywhere, and refugees can help you find it!

Wondering how you can help refugees with your time and talents? There's so many ways you can contribute, as an individual or a group. Come learn more at an evening info session on Tuesday 2/13 from 6-7:30pm.

RSVP here!

IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services added 417 new photos from February 4 to the album: Run for Refugees 2018 — with Marguerite Driscoll and 3 others.
February 4

A record crowd gathered on February 4, 2018 for the 11th Annual Run for Refugees hosted by IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services. Almost 2,900 people registered for the 5K run or walk, and 2,300 finished the new (flat!) course through the East Rock neighborhood. Thank you to all our generous sponsors, food and prize donors, participants, volunteers, and donors-- the event had incredible community spirit, and you are helping support refugees here in Connecticut, AND showing Washington that refugees are welcome here!!

A million thanks to our photographers: Eileen Scully, John Curtis, Farah Salam, Rabib Chaudhury, and ELO films!

Tag yourself or your friends, and share! Let's spread the word so that the 2019 Run for Refugees can be even bigger!

And they’re off!!!

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The big day is here!! Thank you for your INCREDBLE support!!

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We're feeling the love!! Almost 2,700 registered for the Run For Refugees 2018 - bigger than last year's event!!
Help us get to 3,000! Online registration is now closed, but spread the word that there WILL be race-day registration. Come at 8:30am to Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive New Haven. If you were waiting to see what the weather would be, you're in luck! It'll be cloudy and 37 degrees at race time; precipitation doesn't start until the afternoon!

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THIS is why we run.
Omar is from Syria and has been in the US for just two years. He learned English so quickly that he volunteers as a translator for others, and wants to be a physician's assistant.
IRIS helps students learn English and adjust to their new community. Senator Richard Blumenthal stopped by Wilbur Cross High School yesterday to meet Omar and his classmates, and hear how they've been affected by the refugee bans and restrictions.

You can thank Sen. Blumenthal for his strong support for refugees and immigrants at Sunday's Run For Refugees 2018! He and Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be at the starting line... and maybe even running the race! Online signup ends at 2pm today!!

Before the big football game, thousands of runners will lace up their sneakers and hit the New Haven streets to race for refugees.

The Run For Refugees was hopping last year... will you be a part of the fun THIS year?
An astounding 2,500 people are already registered- we're so humbled by your incredible support! But there's still room for more!! Sunday's Run For Refugees 2018 is capped at 3,000, so register now!

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We know refugees inspire you, but last year, you inspired refugees with your amazing show of support at the Run for Refugees! Help more refugees attend Sunday's Run For Refugees 2018 with a donation at

Joseph from the Congo, wrote a beautiful note in tribute to you:

"The joy of finding ourselves in the USA, resuming our lives, peace at last in our hearts and a smile on our face because we can finally plan our lives and guarantee a stable future for our... children. For me, seeing old people, mothers, men, young people, children, babies, and even people’s dogs climb that hill...with a single message that I felt: 'You are not alone, we are with you.'

What a show of love! What a show of support! What a show of solidarity! Along the way, even though I had a smile on my face, my heart was flooded with tears to see you climb that hill with us despite the weather, take time out of your life to run and walk, covering 5K with us. On behalf of all Refugees, my family, and myself our great and heartfelt thanks. For me, you are my HEROES."

Be someone's hero. Show refugees you care. Donate now at -- and then share!

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One year after the first bans prohibited many refugees from finding safety in the US, we know that you are still standing with refugees. We see it, and we thank you for it.

This Sunday, there's another chance to stand in solidarity with refugees. You can Run for Refugees, and Run WITH Refugees. Will you join us?

The past year has been a disaster for refugees and for those of us who are concerned with their well-being.

Today marks one year since the first Executive Order shut out many refugees. Gather with us Sunday evening to proclaim that it is NOT ok to dismantle refugee resettlement. Bans that exclude refugees and immigrants-- many of whom are seeking safety and protection-- are discriminatory and don't reflect our welcoming history.

Did you hear that hip hop poet Aaron Jafferis, the Yale Glee Club, Yale a cappella group Redhot & Blue, and many other talented musicians, singers, and poets will help us celebrate the welcoming spirit of our city and state?

The 7pm benefit concert will be preceded by a vigil at 5:45pm on Yale University's Cross Campus (on College St in front of Sterling Memorial Library):

Sun 7:00 PM ESTBattell ChapelNew Haven, CT
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Not able to make it to New Haven on February 4th for the Run For Refugees 2018? Don't feel left out! You can donate so that all IRIS refugee clients can come run or walk for free!

It's a beautiful experience for other participants to run alongside refugees-- many of whom have run for their lives-- and know that they're helping refugees take steps towards independence and integration here in the US.

On February 4th we will not just Run FOR Refugees, we will Run WITH Refugees! It's a beautiful experience for the participants to be able to run alongside refugees-- many of whom have run for their lives-- and know that they're helping refugees take steps ...