Empowering Refugees and Immigrants: ECDC’s Unique Approach

The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) is making strides in empowering refugees and immigrants across the United States through its unique approach. As the only national resettlement agency founded by an African, the ECDC emphasizes that its distinct background grounds and drives its work.

ECDC’s vision is a world where human rights are paramount, and all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential within safe, inclusive communities. Its mission is to resettle and assist refugees and immigrants to live their lives in peaceful environments with access to the resources and opportunities needed for self-sufficiency, successful integration, and freedom.

The ECDC is committed to fostering a network of organizations founded and/or led by former refugees and immigrants. This approach ensures culturally sensitive, nuanced support and an understanding of the complex challenges faced by those starting a new life in the United States. ‘As an organization established by individuals who have personally lived through the refugee and immigrant experience, ECDC possesses a distinctive vantage point, enabling the provision of support services that genuinely create a meaningful impact,’ said President and CEO Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D.

ECDC is a national resettlement agency that places refugees in communities across the U.S. with local organizations that provide immediate and longer-term support. Services include welcoming them upon arrival, providing initial assistance with housing, enabling them to access health care services, enrolling children in school and adults in English classes, helping heads of households secure employment, and teaching them about and navigating American culture.

The ECDC will hold its 27th annual fund-raising dinner gala, Welcoming Newcomers, on May 22, 2024, at 7 p.m. at the Double Tree Crystal City in Arlington, VA. This special fundraiser event allows attendees to connect and interact with members from vibrant newcomer communities, hear inspiring stories, and support programs that contribute to what makes the DMV a unique community. Attendees can purchase tickets at https://www.ecdcus.org/banquet-registration-2/.

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