FIRM (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries)

aka FIRM (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries)   |   Fresno, CA   |  www.firminc.org

Mission

Sharing Christ's Love to Build Communities of Hope with New Americans.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Christine Barker

Main address

1940 N Fresno St

Fresno, CA 93703 USA

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EIN

77-0357297

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fresno is home to over 60,000 refugees (or former refugees that have become citizens). Many refugees encounter barriers and challenges that make it difficult for them to begin their new lives here in the United States. These challenges include limited English proficiency, poverty, low-education levels, low access to culturally competent health care and much more. FIRM works to address these challenges both by providing direct support services needs and by addressing the root issues that are causing these types of outcomes through advocacy. FIRM also addresses the challenges of limited English proficiency through having the capacity to serve clients in 10-15 spoken languages. Many of the clients the organization serves experience crisis in some way and FIRM addresses these times of crisis to provide hope to those that feel hopeless.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Healthy Communities

Engaging parents in advocating for equitable services for refugee children in the Fresno Unified School District.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Immigrants and migrants

Three MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention Grants to assist Southeast Asian, African American, Syrian and Slavic community members to deal with their mental health issues in culturally competent ways.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The Early Childhood Learning Program is built from two programs. The first is a Family Literacy Program that serves children 0-5 and their parents on engaging literacy focused activities. The other is the In-Home Multi-Ethnic Home Visitation Program. This program serves the Hmong, Lao, Cambodian and Slavic communities through home visitation to teach families how to engage their children 0-3 in early learning activities.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

A prevention and early intervention mental health program for the Southeast Asian community. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, this program seeks to reduce stigma, provide case managed direct services and outreach/education about mental health/wellness in multiple languages.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

This program provides individual and group mentoring for 40 refugee youth aged 15-24 over a 12-month period. Participants work on youth-driven goals, in enrichment activities, peer support groups and much more! The YM program is provided in partnership with the California Department of Social Services.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Ultimately, FIRM is aiming to assist individuals that are refugees, asylees, immigrants, Special Immigration Visa holders and others to have the tools they need to become self-sufficient. For many refugees, this process can take many years, but includes a strategy for equipping clients to be successful as they make their new lives here in the United States. This includes such issues as providing opportunities to learn the English language, assisting with the pursuit of education, assisting with job placement/job training and much more. The hope for the organization is that at some point, a particular client is no longer in need of FIRM's services and is able to navigate their lives with little assistance. While this is true, FIRM walks alongside clients anytime that they may need support of any kind. FIRM is also readily providing emergency support and support during times of crisis. These times can be particularly difficult for refugees and immigrants.

FIRM has a number of key strategies that the organization implements across programs to accomplish key goals:

1) Ensure that staff providing direct services to clients are culturally competent and linguistically capable. This strategy is pivotal for FIRM in building trust with the community.

2) Provide a welcoming community and space at FIRM where anyone can walk onto the campus anytime to seek out help during times of crisis or times when they need help with anything.

3) FIRM utilizes an outreach strategy to engage the community that begins with huge groups (Community Events on FIRM's campus can draw over 1,000 people or utilizing ethnic media), to large groups (Community workshops in varying languages typically have 25-75 participants), to small groups (peer support groups are typically 5-10 participants) and then to one-on-one case management that is uniquely designed for each client the organization serves. This strategy allows for people to experience FIRM at different levels so that we can build rapport with the client.

FIRM has 27 years of experience serving this unique population. The organization has extensive knowledge and expertise through a clear value of hiring employees from the communities served. FIRM's staff is linguistically capable and culturally competent. The staff team has the ability to serve clients in anywhere from 15-20 different spoken languages. Through years of providing quality services, the organization has become a trusted messenger and a welcoming place for all people. The organization regularly sees 100-150 unique walk-in clients on a weekly basis to the beautiful community campus in Fresno. FIRM also has the strong support of the faith-based community who mostly provide over 1,000 volunteers annually to advance the mission of the organization. There are also countless donors, churches and individuals that invest in this mission to ensure that refugees/immigrants are properly served.

FIRM has countless accomplishments during our 27 year history. These accomplishments include many awards, national recognition through working with refugees from throughout the world, expanding programs/services and much more! While these kinds of accomplishments are great, the real accomplishments are the tens of thousands of lives changed through the hearts/hands of FIRM staff and volunteers.

Financials

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FIRM (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries)

Board of directors
as of 7/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cathy Barabe

Cathy Barabe

SCCCD

Stan Friesen

Mennonite Central Committee

Simon Biasell

Woven Community Church

Charles Ratanavanh

Keller Williams Realty Fresno

Dr. Darren Duerksen

Fresno Pacific University

Chris Torres

Retired-Non-Profit Professional

Anmar Alzaydi

Small Business Owner

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

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