Our History

In 2017, the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado began as a combined operation between Right to Read of Weld County and the Global Refugee Center. Becoming one, larger organization made sense for a variety of reasons, but it was the opportunity to provide further services to our clients that made the decision easy. Rather than providing English language training to some clients and Community Navigation services to others, we knew that we could be reaching everyone by making our services into one efficient, effective process.

 

Our Mission

Empowering refugees and immigrants, connecting communities, and advocating for successful integration.

empower. connect. advocate.


I am not afraid anymore to speak English.
— Luis, Right to Read graduate

 
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What We've Achieved

Prior to the formation of the IRC, two separate organizations were serving many from the same immigrant and refugee community in Northern Colorado. The work accomplished by Right to Read and the Global Refugee Center has been invaluable to the people served; nonetheless, here are some of our biggest accomplishments at a glance.

  • In 2016 alone, 691 students received instruction from Right to Read, Weld County. 
  • The Global Refugee Center has provided community navigation services, including "gap screenings," for over 1,200 clients.
  • Both organizations have provided instruction to countless Coloradans who have expressed an interest in learning about the immigrant and refugee experience through our "Refugee 101" outreach program.