FIRM and Syrian Refugees

When: Thursday, Apr 27, 2017, 12:15PM - 1:30PM

5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

Zachary D. Darrah

FIRM has served the refugees in Fresno for 23 years. The organization has mostly served the Southeast Asian, Ukrainian and African refugee communities, but now has a Syrian refugee program. This presentation will briefly discuss FIRM's history, but will focus mostly on the Syrian refugees and the new work the organization does with our new neighbors.


Zachary has served several roles in the non-profit and faith based sectors for nearly a decade. He began his career as a Program Manager for Care Fresno where he oversaw programs that worked with children and families in some of Fresno’s highest crime neighborhoods. After spending a number of years with Encourage Tomorrow (Services Coordinator, Parc Grove Commons/General Manager) he transitioned into a Program Manager role at the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Local Conservation Corps. At Fresno EOC, he oversaw a $1.5 million Department of Labor grant program that specifically targeted 18-21 year olds that had juvenile records. Through his leadership and vision, the program was recognized locally for their community work and was a recipient of a national award from The Corps Network.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM), which is a faith-based, non-profit organization that works predominantly with Southeast Asian (Hmong/Lao/Cambodian), Slavic, African and Syrian refugees. He has also served in various positions on the pastoral staff teams of Fowler Presbyterian Church, Fresno First Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Madera. Zachary holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Fresno Pacific University (2007) and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University Theological Baptist Seminary (2013).


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