IRIS — Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services is a program of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and is the local affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service. IRIS resettles approximately 200 refugees each year. IRIS also provides some services to asylees and other immigrants. Currently, IRIS’s refugee clients come from Afghanistan, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and other countries. IRIS is funded by the US Department of State, US Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Refugee Resettlement), Tariq Farid Foundation, The Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Stratton Faxon Law Firm, Carolyn Foundation, New Haven Community Development Block Grant, International Association of New Haven, CT Department of Social Services, Jewish Federation Association of CT, Covidien, Liberty Bank Foundation, NewAlliance Foundation, First Niagara Bank Foundation, The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar, United Illuminating and Southern CT Gas, Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine, and Amity Club Worthy Projects, as well as organizations, businesses, faith congregations, individual donors, and other foundations.Official Website
Van Nguyen lives in Oakland, California, a city which is among one of the best places in the entire world to be an avid walking golfer, the San Francisco Bay Area. Van started playing golf when he was 11 years-old by pure accident. Considering his family makeup - parents were refugees from Vietnam, working class household, not a single golfer in his family - no one would have predicted that he'd turn into the world’s biggest golf addict.