The Multicultural Refugee Coalition is an innovative Austin non-profit creating livelihood opportunities for refugees through a unique blending of skills-based education and social entrepreneurship. We operate a sewing social enterprise, an interpreter training business, community gardens and a community center which offers specific livelihood-focused community support of refugees' journeys toward self-sufficiency.
1) Initiated a new interpreter training course for refugees and community members,
2) Secured several new, long-term contracts for our Open Arms sustainable textile manufacturing,
3) Focused our Community Center on employment-related services,
4) Begun exploring paths to expand our gardening program into a small farm,
5) Undertaken a comprehensive strategic planning process, and
6) Attended a White House meeting on public and private partnerships to address the refugee crisis.
We are proud of the unique fit of our enterprises into City of Austin initiatives on locally grown food, sustainably manufactured sewn goods and the expansion of language access.
Multicultural Refugee Coalition has provided the opportunity for over 800 refugees from 23 different war-torn or conflict area countries to become more integrated into their new community of Austin in the following ways:
- providing access to a plot of land for up to 50 refugee families each year to connect with former farming traditions and grow healthy food for their families
- employing up to 7 refugees in the textile manufacturing business at our social enterprise Open Arms
- training at least 75 bilingual refugees a year as professional interpreters
- training at least 50 refugees a year in sewing
We are significantly impacting the lives of refugees here in Austin by providing training, community support and job opportunities to help them thrive in their new home. Your contribution makes the following possible:
$1200 pays an instructor for the four-month Open Arms' Sewing Training course
$1000 pays the staff of the Agriculture Enterprise for one month
$500 covers the cost of supplies for the four-month Sewing Training
$100 will buy refugee gardeners seeds and transplants for one season
$50 is the annual fee for one refugee garden plot
$30 covers the cost of one language assessment for a refugee to be admitted to an interpreter training course