The Global Refugee Center, Inc. (GRC) works with the refugee population to improve their quality of life by implementing programs in Education, Health, Finance, Culture, and Civil & Human Rights that lead to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
The GRC engages in humanitarian work by building positive relationships between local communities and globally dispersed refugee populations.
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