Chapel Hill: Opinion

Kevin J. Noonan: Aldermen’s support welcomed

By Kevin J. Noonan

The Immigrant & Refugee Community Partnership (IRCP), under the auspices of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Human Rights Center wholeheartedly supports the vote, taken by the Carrboro Board of Alderman on Nov. 24, to “welcome Syrian refugees with open arms”.

IRCP will do whatever it can to support these people, many of whom are women and children, who have fled their war torn homes. The approaching winter cold and overcrowded conditions in refugee camps is putting people at further risk. Our country, which has a rich history of welcoming immigrants, needs to bring refugees from Syria and other countries into the circle of our embrace

IRCP strives to support immigrants and refugees in the Chapel Hill - Carrboro area through programs like Bridge Builder Mentorship, ESL, Computer skills classes and Youth Empowerment Programs in area high schools. With only one part-time employee, the agency is staffed by volunteers from the UNC student body and from the community.

The Rev. Nathan A. Hollister, president of the non-sectarian agency, adds, “We are united in the pursuit of building the world that our hearts know is possible.”

For more information or to volunteer with IRCP please visit our website

Kevin J. Noonan is the executive director of IRCP.