At IRM’s recent “Dinner on 5 Continents,” Bill Miner received the Rosemary Stark Award for Outstanding Service to Refugees. He has worked long and hard to teach ESL to students, transport kids to all kinds of appointments, be a cheerleader for them and generally be an outstanding role model for the children he works with.
Dora Taylor received the IRM Tutor of the Year award at IRM’s recent Dinner on 5 Continents. She has tutored her student for over 400 hours and has exhibited care and compassion for her as well as being an outstanding tutor.
Fiscal Year End report: IRM resettled 167 refugees in Fiscal Year 2015 with over 40 of those arriving in September. Although the majority live in New Bern, a few went to Jacksonville, Greenville, and Morehead City where they had friends or relatives. They came from Burma; Cuba; Colombia; Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Vietnam. Average family size was 2.5. All became self-sufficient through employment by the end of 6 months. The average number of days from arrival to job placement was 75 and job placements included factories, poultry plants, a hotel Education ranged from no formal education to college degrees.
UNSUNG HERO Jane Ashford, ex-IRM Board member, was featured in a recent Sun Journal as an “Unsung Hero”. The article celebrated Jane’smany years of volunteer work in New Bern in a variety of roles including IRM and Craven Literacy Council.
THANK YOU – A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPIED MAKE OUR “Dinner on 5 Continents” a success. The food was fantastic and was prepared by IRM Board member Mark Krcmar and his family; Board members Jim Miller, Darian Dennis, C.A. Reed, and Doug Gallant were invaluable as were the students from Epiphany School of Global Studies and from Craven Early College who ran errands, passed appetizers and helped clean up afterwards. There were many comments on the creative and unusual table decorations which were put together by Phyllis Hoffman and her wonderful helpers. In addition, Phyllis took on the task of coordinating the Silent Auction and made it an interesting and well-organized addition to our event. The date for next year is set, so mark your calendars for October 1, 2016. Thanks to all who came, donated items for the silent auction. Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Fisher Oil; Dermatology Associates; Kevin and Peggy Reynolds; Cella Ford; and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern.