INTRODUCTION

LETTER FROM THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, 

 

When I have had the privilege to meet with refugees, I am always struck by one thing — their remarkable resilience. And, in no year has this resilience been needed more than in 2020.

In 2020, refugees — many of whom have had to flee unimaginable circumstances and leave their homes behind — reflected remarkable resilience in responding to the needs in their communities as the entire world faced unprecedented crises. In India, a group of refugees who had been trained by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in our tailoring program used their skills to make masks and PPE for other refugees and their host community. In Beirut, refugees who have now become part of our mental health and psychosocial support team continued to check up on their peer-led groups through texts and social media. And, in Chad, refugees raised their hands to help JRS spread the word and educate their community about hygiene and social distancing practices.

 

Inspired and fueled by this radiant resilience, JRS/USA has continued to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced people with your support.

 

Thank you for your support. I’m amazed by how much you have responded in the last year. Your generosity has helped us to meet the increasing need. I’d like to thank in a special way those who sponsored and supported our first ever national virtual event to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The event was an enormous success, and the funds raised will support critical programs for refugees around the world.

 

The pandemic is still far from over and we face many challenges ahead, but I am hopeful.

I believe in the resiliency of the people we serve, the teams we work with, and our program partners. I hope you find their stories and impact from the last year as powerful as I do.

 

Thank you for your continued support and investment,

 

Joan Rosenhauer

Executive Director, JRS/USA

JRS/USA IMPACT

1,049,781

People served through education programs by JRS*

Refugee women and girls served by JRS around the world.

562,603

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57

Active projects in more than 57 countries worldwide*

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17,000 miles

Together, JRS/USA staff, volunteers, and supporters walked, biked, and moved more than 17,000 miles in solidarity with displaced people over the course of 40 days.

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4,382 LETTERS

From JRS/USA supporters to elected officials.

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4,048 PEOPLE

Attended JRS/USA events (in person before March, virtual after March)

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$15 MILLION

Sent from supporters in the US to programs around the world