In 2008, five members of the East African community saw the need to build more bridges between the refugee/immigrant communities and the broader Greeley community. Since then, the Global Refugee Center (GRC) has been doing just that. In short, we give newcomers the tools they need to thrive in their new home, and advocate on their behalf in the larger community.
To establish sustained integration of all refugees and immigrants, as self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive members of society.
At the GRC, all refugees and immigrants are welcomed, supported, and empowered as contributing members of society.
Empowerment: We value supporting refugees and immigrants in achieving their goals.
Equality: We value and advocate for human rights, diversity, and multiculturalism.
Integration: We value a two-way integration process whereby we assist refugees and immigrants in navigating societal norms, values, and systems, while encouraging them to maintain, teach and share their cultures.
Leadership: We value the development of leaders and advocates among refuges and immigrants.
Collaboration: We value partnering with other organizations serving the refugee and immigrant community in our city, state, and country.
Integrity: We value transparency, open communication, creativity, learning, and excellence in all we do.
How we serve
Information, communication, and education for refugees and immigrants
Design and implementation of culturally relevant programs for the Weld County community
Preservation and promotion of culture, language, and traditions
Leadership and skill development
In 2008 five members of the East African community founded the East African Community Center (EACC). The EACC was established to support successful cohabitation between newcomers and life-long Greeley residents. The founders also saw a need for a refugee center to help educate the receiving community about refugees and their new role in Greeley. The EACC mediated disputes and misunderstandings between refugees and the receiving community and soon realized that education was the first priority and the key to newcomers’ and life-long Greeley residents’ successful cohabitation. The EACC began their first English as a Second Language class in 2008.
As the refugee community grew, so did the diversity and vitality of the EACC. By 2011, EACC was no longer serving just members of the East African community but newcomers from over 20 different countries. The EACC also expanded the services offered from one ESL class to seven different levels, GED and Citizenship classes, advocating for refugees in the Greeley community and offering a myriad of services from translation to employment assistance to healthcare referrals. To reflect these exciting changes, the EACC officially changed their name to the Global Refugee Center (GRC) in November of 2011. The GRC continues to grow as a community and can’t wait to see what the coming years have in store!
Contact Global Refugee Center 917 10th Ave Greeley, CO 80631 970-313-8800