Happy International Human Rights Day!

Happy 72nd International Human Rights Day, friends! On December 10, we celebrate the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.

This December, HRI also celebrates its 20th birthday and the founding vision that primed the organization to distribute close to $250,000 of direct rental payments, utility payments and emergency funds since the public health crisis began.

“On this 20th anniversary, we remain inspired by our over 600 clients from countries all over the world,” said Bill Holston, HRI’s Executive Director. “They are navigating the challenges of the pandemic and economic crisis with strength, grace and fortitude. We’re honored to be able to do a small part to help them weather this storm.”

On occasion of our 20th birthday, and to help us realize our mission, community supporters have generously created a Matching Challenge. “We support HRI because we know the importance of strong local organizations defending immigrant rights,” noted Dallas philanthropists Trish Houck and Lyssa Jenkens. “HRI has built a powerful community of immigrants and volunteers working together to realize American promises of safety, freedom, and opportunity. We invite you to join us in celebrating HRI this Human Rights Day!”

Houck and Jenkens have created a $5K matching challenge grant that will directly fund HRI’s client programs. View the campaign here.

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve scaled up our capacity to provide social services to our clients,” said Holston. “Our team has worked hard to build relationships with generous folks in the community who wanted to support our clients’ basic needs. Those folks have really come through for our clients during this difficult time.”

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