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This episode features host Kay Bellor interviewing Henny Ohr, Founder and Executive Director, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) Iowa. They discuss the challenges experienced by EMBARC during the COVID-19 pandemic including providing essential services to clients while protecting staff and how the refugee resettlement program can be improved moving forward. This episode is part three in a new series on Leading During a Transition.
Diversifying Your Client Base: Increasing Enrollment of Asylees, Special Immigrant Visa Holders or SIVs, and Others in ORR programs
Is your program seeking to increase enrollment among special immigrant visa (SIV) holders, asylees, and other ORR-eligible populations? Stream Switchboard's latest podcast, where Erica Bouris, Senior Technical Advisor for Economic Empowerment at the IRC, discusses ways to boost program enrollment among ORR-eligible clients you may not currently be reaching. She shares her thoughts on developing an outreach strategy that reaches more diverse client groups; describing your program to prospective clients, partners, and funders in language that doesn't focus exclusively on serving refugees; and leveraging your existing program data as you work to reach these new audiences.