“People come here penniless but not cultureless. They bring us gifts. We can synthesize the best of our traditions with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce a better America.”

Mary Pipher
The Middle of Everything

Who We Are

IRN was started by two school teachers in Indianapolis, Indiana that saw the needs of refugee students and their families firsthand. While providing services to students, they became friends with many of those families. While working with families they realized the need was too great and they couldn’t do it alone, so Indiana Refugee Network became an official non-profit organization.

A group of volunteers after organizing the storage unit.

The purpose of Indiana Refugee Network is to give asylum seekers & refugee families the resources and education they need to build a successful life in America. This can mean providing friendship, advocacy, transportation, and household items amongst other services. When people support one another, there’s no limit to what we can do.


What We Do

A small of amount of the items we can provide to families.

Our goal is to connect asylum seekers & refugee families with a network of volunteers to provide services in the areas of English acquisition and education, medical services, financial literacy, and self sufficiency. When equipped to do so, the network also strives to provide emergency goods and services to help families survive a short term crises.

Students from Allisonville Elementary raised & donated money to IRN.

We need your support to do our work — contact us to learn how you can volunteer or donate.


Get in Touch

Indiana Refugee Network
3306 Van Tassel Dr
phone: 317-603-9796 email: ellvermilion@gmail.com


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