Who We Are
AIRS formerly known as Refugee and Immigrant Relief Center (RIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The agency was founded in 1989 to provide social, economic and educational services to the inner city residents of Phoenix. In 2001, AIRS began resettling refugees. The Kakuma Youth or Lost Boys were among the first arrivals to the agency. From 2001 to present, AIRS has resettled 1910 refugees and immigrants in Maricopa County. AIRS programs provide recently arrived refugees and legal immigrants with housing, food and clothing, and translation as needed, as well as English language instruction, job training, employment assistance, immigration and other referral services.
AIRS is a resettlement affiliate of ECDC. Its activities are conducted with support from the United States Department of State through ECDC; the Office of Refugee Resettlement, United States Department of Health and Human Services; the Department of Economic Security of the State of Arizona; and countless other community groups and individuals
A Cry For Help
While the United States responds to their needs in many ways, nearly all of them have no means of support when they arrive in this country and they need help from the communities.
There are currently more than 17 million refugee in the world. Our mission at AIRS is to provide social and educational services to meet the needs of refugees and immigrants coming to Arizona by insuring a successful transition from arrival to self-sufficiency.