The Global Refugee Center, Inc. (GRC) works with the refugee population to establish sustained integration of all refugees and immigrants, as self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive members of society.
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 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.
The Global Refugee Center (formerly East Africa Community of Colorado-EACC) was
started in 2008 by five members of the East African community. The EACC was founded to
address the challenges refugee newcomers faced in adapting to their new lives in Greeley. 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 too 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. GRC continues to grow as a
community and can’t wait to see what the coming years have in store!
How We Serve the Community
Information, communication, and education for refugees and Greeley
Design and implementation of culturally relevant programs
Preservation and promotion of culture, language, and traditions
Leadership and skill development