White House Honors Jan Reeves, Idaho Office for Refugees Director, as a “Champion of Change”.
This event will be streamed live from the White House, www.whitehouse.gov/live, at 11:00 am MST on September 19th and an edited copy will be available after the event.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, September 19th, in honor of Citizenship Day and National Welcoming Week, the White House will highlight Boise’s own Jan A. Reeves as one of ten local heroes who are “Champions of Change” that work tirelessly to effectively integrate immigrants civically, linguistically, and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods by bringing all residents together to create welcoming communities.
Jan Reeves serves as Director of the Idaho Office for Refugees (IOR) in Boise. Mr. Reeves has been involved for over twenty-five years in developing and implementing service programs for refugees, beginning as a staff employment specialist in 1985 and serving in a number of management positions since. Mr. Reeves is veteran of the Vietnam conflict and more recently the 2010 recipient of the Liberty Bell award presented by the Idaho Fourth District Bar Association.
Reeves and the City of Boise Mayor’s Office have gained notoriety in recent years for their work on Boise’s groundbreaking “Refugee Community Plan.” This plan engages dozens of community partners to more fully integrate refugees into the community and create a more welcoming environment for all newcomers. This effort has improved services for refugees and non-refugees alike, and is a model for other cities around the country.
“Jan Reeves has been instrumental in helping refugees become part of the fabric of Boise’s community. Our refugee neighbors start businesses that create jobs, and they enhance the richness and livability of our city through art and culture,” Boise Mayor David H. Bieter.
The IOR’s mission is to promote mutual understanding between refugees and the larger community by sharing information, encouraging social interaction and creating opportunities for refugees to participate in all aspects of community life. It administers grants and forms relationships with organizations that help foster the economic self-sufficiency and social integration of refugees resettling across the State.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. America is a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and our economy as the world’s greatest. Champions of Change are ensuring that America’s history and tradition as a nation of immigrants continues to enrich our communities and our country.
“Jan Reeves is truly a visionary leader…and sets the standard for refugee services across the nation. Jan’s leadership has shaped the expansive network of high quality service providers, welcoming partners and supporters for refugees to successfully integrate in Idaho!” Karan Tucker, Executive Director, Jannus, Inc.
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and the Champions we will be recognizing, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
To learn more about the Idaho Office for Refugees, visit http://www.idahorefugees.org
For More Information: Kara Fink, Communications Specialist, Idaho Office for Refugees 208.336-4222 ext 4.