Volunteer Celebration - July 22, 2023
Volunteers and partners gathered in celebration on Saturday, July 22, 2023. We were at the Trinity West United Methodist Church in Homewood. We wanted to thank all our volunteers for all they do for our asylum-seeking partners. We had international food, kid activities, music, and fun!
Hoover-AHEAD Juneteenth Celebration - June 17, 2023
Hoover-AHEAD hosted its third annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hoover Public Library. The free event featured speeches, storytelling, film screenings, drumming and dancing, performances by local high school choirs, and activities for children. The event celebrated freedom and commemorated Juneteenth, which paid tribute to the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.
Outcasts United Book Club Discussion, May 16, 2023
ALIRP and the Inspiritus Refugee Resettlement Agency had a book club discussion on Outcasts United, a story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement.
ALIRP Stakeholder Update Meeting, February 27, 2023
ALIRP conducted a bi-annual Stakeholder Update meeting from 7pm-8pm on Monday, February 27 on Zoom. During the meeting, we introduced attendees to the new ALIRP board members, provided an update on various committee initiatives, discussed current ALIRP needs and opportunities, and answered any questions stakeholders may have.
First Annual ALIRP Celebration, November 5, 2022
As a component of the Fall Fundraising Campaign, ALIRP was pleased to host the First Annual ALIRP Celebration. It was November 5 at Trinity West Church in Homewood (914 Oak Grove Rd). The celebration brought together ALIRP partners, volunteers, community members, and stakeholders to celebrate ALIRP's partners and share information about ALIRP initiatives. The event featured a silent auction, advocacy activities, a kids' table, and food, music, and dance by Diego and Zanaidet, two of our very talented and spirited Partners.
Stakeholder Update on August 1, 2022
On August 1st at 7:00 pm CST we had a Stakeholder Update via Zoom. We featured a special Volunteer Recognition. We discussed ALIRP's partnership with Inspiritus to support Ukrainian refugees, our World Refugee Day Simulation in June, updated ALIRP partner information, and we answered questions. We recognized many of our dedicated volunteers!
Lunch and Learn, July 19th, 2022
The Independent Presbyterian Church at 3100 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205 hosted a "Lunch and Learn" session on Tuesday, July 19 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm which will feature a presentation by Lynda Wilson, ALIRP President. Lynda discussed the history and current initiatives of the ALIRP and ways to become involved in our three-part mission of direct support, education , and advocacy to help refugees and asylum-seekers globally and locally.
World Refugee Day, June 25th, 2022
At Homewood Central Park on June 25, ALIRP invited people to experience what it's like to be in a refugee necamp through a simulated (immersive experience). This event was hosted by The ALIRP Education and Advocacy Committee and was co-sponsored by the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, UAB Institute for Human Rights, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, the Birmingham Islamic Society, and Helping Hand for Relief and Development.
International Children's Day Book Club, 2022
On June 1, 2022, the ALIRP Education and Advocacy Committee hosted a virtual book club on Zoom. The book, When Stars Are Scattered, is a graphic novel about a young boy growing up in a refugee camp. This event was co-sponsored by the Literacy Council of Alabama, UAB Institute of Human Rights, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, the Birmingham Islamic Society, and Helping Hand for Relief and Development.
Public Health Challenge Discussion, July 2021
On July 15, 2021, ALIRP hosted a presentation titled "Refugees Among Us: Cultural Competence and Public Health Challenges" by Dr. Judith Kopiyo, a physician from Kenya who completed her internship for the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham,
World Refugee Day - June 20 2023
World Refugee Day is an international day organized every year by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is designed to celebrate and honor refugees from around the world. People celebrated diversity and community at Homewood Church of Christ on Tuesday, June 20 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free, in-person event was a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and gain valuable knowledge about refugees.
Book Discussion, January 26, 2023
The Institute for Human Rights at UAB and ALIRP sponsored a virtual book discussion on January 26, 2023. The book is by Dr. Phi Hong Su and is titled The Border Within: Vietnamese Migrants Transforming Ethnic Nationalism in Berlin. Dr. Su is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Williams College and will be leading the discussion.
Story Corps - One Small Step, 2021
In the Summer and Fall of 2021, ALIRP partnered with Story Corps - One Small Step initiative to host discussions surrounding politics, immigrations, and varying life experiences.
Lunch and Learn, January 2021
On January 29, 2021, Lynda Wilson (ALIRP President) and Emily Paxton (ALIRP Social Work Intern) gave a presentation to a virtual "Lunch and Learn" Program. The presentation was entitled "Welcoming the Stranger: Local Response to the Global Migration Crisis."
Discussion on Child Medical Care (for ALIRP Partners), 2022
On April 13, ALIRP hosted a brief presentation with pediatric residents from the University of Albama, Birmingham to discuss (in Spanish and English) questions regarding adolescent medical care.