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Building community support for local refugee and immigrant families on their way to independence and self-sufficiency.

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WHAT WE DO

The Ipswich Refugee Program is actively helping several newly arrived refugee and immigrant families get settled in Ipswich. Find out more about the services we provide.

VOLUNTEER

The Ipswich Refugee Program exists to serve refugee and immigrant families in Ipswich and to advocate and educate people on the issues facing refugees and immigrants in Massachusetts. 

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DONATE

Your donation to the Ipswich Refugee Program will help local area refugee and immigrant families on their way to independence and self-sufficiency.

Meet Our Team

Lynn Lenhart, President

Meredith Joss, Vice President

Dan Boone, Treasurer

Joan Best, Clerk

Kim Dunne, Director

Glenn Gibbs, Director

Mark Godin, Director

Michelle Randazzo, Director

Donna Seibert, Director

Nancy Smith, Director

Anne Carroll

Kate Harlow

Peter Johnson

Diane Young

Lynn Lenhart

Lynn Lenhart

“Being a part of the IRP from the beginning has been inspiring, challenging and rewarding. I have forged friendships with newly arrived people from Iraq and Afghanistan and with the many people in Ipswich who make up the IRP network of volunteers. Join the IRP and change lives!”

Dan Boone

Dan Boone

Dan Boone serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Ipswich Refugee Program (IRP). He is a liaison with the House of Peace in Ipswich and with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB), one of several resettlement agencies helping refugees resettle in the Boston area.  He joined the IRP in August 2021 as the first Afghan refugees started arriving in the U.S. A total of 17 Afghans arrived in Ipswich between September and December 2021. Together with the House of Peace, CCAB and other IRP team members, Dan has worked to support these new arrivals with housing, employment, transportation, government benefits, education, access to health care, banking and language classes.   He has led the development of partnerships with New England Biolabs and EBSCO Information Services to provide donated laptops for the refugee community in Ipswich and surrounding areas. These laptops provide online access to conduct job searches, access healthcare resources, online banking, English lessons, help integrate into their new home and stay connected to family and friends at home. To date, the IRP has donated over 80 laptops to our newest residents in eastern Massachusetts.   As Treasurer, Dan also manages Federal Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) funding and Massachusetts Afghan Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding for each family. Dan brings 35 years of international business experience and program management skills to the IRP. Born and raised in the Middle East, he has a passion for the culture and language of the region.

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Glenn C. Gibbs

Glenn joined the IRP Board in January of 2022, and serves as its Housing Coordinator. He has been a resident of Ipswich for 28 years, and was the Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Ipswich from 1994 until his retirement in 2019. Besides IRP, his affiliations include serving on the Board of the Ipswich Housing Authority, and as chair of the Rebecca R. Gibbs Memorial Charitable Fund Board. Glenn lives with his son Ben and his two cats, Bud and Henry.

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