Board of Directors
Andrea Schaefer, President
Zach Treadway, Vice President
Helen Floros, Treasurer
Kayte Rossi, Secretary
Pat Joshu, Executive Director
Sarah Paradoski, Program Coordinator
Anna Brown, Program Assistant
Jean Smith, Liaison Teacher
Since 1995, Immigrant & Refugee Women's Program (IRWP) has helped women arriving in St. Louis, MO, from foreign countries to make a new life in the United States. Founded by Sr. Elise Silvestri, SSND, IRWP began with six Vietnamese women students.
IRWP was part of the Notre Dame Ministry Corporation from 1999 until 2006. In 2006, IRWP received its own 501(c)3 status.
Last year, January 1 - December 31, 2016, 228 volunteer teachers helped 211 students from 42 different countries increase English and practical living skills.
IRWP is currently seeking new board members. Call Pat Joshu at 314-771-1104 to see how you can help us serve even more women in the future.
Grants and donations from individuals, foundations, and groups provide the main financial support for the program, which has a budget for 2017 of $235,000. Last year, corporations and foundations contributed 67 percent of revenues. Individuals contributed 16 percent, 15 percent came from our Wine Tasting, Golf, Trivia and third party events. 2 percent was earned income.
Expenditures in 2016 include:
- Programs: 85%
- Administration: 10%
- Fundraising: 5%
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2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
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2010-2011 Annual Report
2009-2010 Annual Report
2008-2009 Annual Report
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2007-2008 Annual Report
Women are referred to the program by health care personnel, domestic violence programs, and former and current students, as well as by many organizations, including:
- Youth In Need Head Start
- Catholic Charities Refugee Services
- St. Pius V Refugee Support Program
- Center for Survivors of War Trauma
- Nurses for Newborns
- International Institute
IRWP connects students with other agencies to assist with a variety of family needs.