I Have a Story

I started to have a fever...and I was afraid to make food for my children

"After we heard my husband was COVID-19 positive, we were so worried. According to the nurse when we talked to them, if one person is positive, there is a very high chance (99%) for the whole family to get sick. " 

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Before COVID 19, it was very simple and easy taking care of my dad… now I don’t go home

Tin shares how he is taking care of his dad who is at higher risk of getting COVID 19. for the whole family to get sick.  

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The Issues

COVID-19’s Impact on Iowa’s Essential Workers and Workforce

Iowa employers, who already faced a critical worker shortage, are now hurting even more, especially in rural areas and in several key industries. In around-the-clock endeavors that must continue, EMBARC has been nimble in responding to COVID-19 on behalf of Iowa’s refugee and immigrant families. More than 95% of our clients--all of them refugees and immigrants--are essential workers.

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Our Impact

Through the multilingual Crisis Helpline & Virtual Access Center, EMBARC is helping immigrants and refugees get access to critical and lifesaving services. We have supported over 8,000 individuals so they have food and essential items, seek medical care and safety information, and get support with emergency needs. Over 95% of those we helped were essential workers.

Priority: Refugees access critical and lifesaving services. Not just Information and referral, NAVIGATION assistance and online case management to help families accessing services

Obtain food and essential items, seek medical care and safety information, get support with emergency needs

News updates with safety guidelines and workforce information in 11 languages. Topics include: “5 Updates from the Governor” and
“How and When to Get Tested”

21 ally partner organizations like Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Department of Public Health, DMPS, and more.

28 refugee-led organization partners

Providing more than 5,000 hours of support for Iowa Workforce Development interpretation
and navigation

20,000

MEALS DELIVERED

4000

CONNECTIONS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES

100

PLUS VOLUNTEERS

23,300

VIEWED CRITICAL, MULTILINGUAL SAFETY GUIDELINES

Our work happens because of you.

COVID changed everything. But, people like yourself have generously donated to help EMBARC help these front-line workers. Thank you for your contribution.

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