Domino’s Partners with the IRC to Help Families Access Housing

Published: March 25, 2024
Kiki Sharma (left), 25, meets with an IRC staff member to discuss finance tools for small business owners. -Photo courtesy of Andrew Oberstadt for the IRC

Domino’s has launched a new partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help grow the IRC’s Housing Pilot Program, which will provide families with access to housing in Northern California.

Building upon the IRC’s expertise in resettlement housing, case management and financial capability services, the IRC’s new Housing Pilot Program is designed to address the housing affordability, availability, and accessibility challenges faced by many newcomers into the U.S. The program uniquely integrates culturally and linguistically inclusive housing counseling services with financial assistance solutions to ensure longer term housing stability for clients and set them on a path to economic wellbeing, safety, and empowerment.

Domino’s began humbly as a single store in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is now the largest pizza company in the world. Its history of supporting those in search of the American dream, starting small and dreaming big, remains at the core of the brand and drives its purpose to feed the power of possible. Domino’s community giving programs support many nonprofit organizations that help people to reach self-sufficiency and unlock their full potential, which includes organizations striving to connect people with safe and sustainable housing.

“Domino’s shares the IRC’s belief in helping people meet their basic needs so that they can become empowered to improve their livelihoods,” said Jenny Fouracre, Domino’s spokesperson. “The IRC’s Housing Pilot Program is an innovative solution to address housing insecurity by delivering housing services coupled with financial literacy. This approach will provide stability for newcomers with big dreams, while enriching the neighborhoods we serve.”

"Bold commitments from across sectors are needed to match the scale of today’s humanitarian needs,” said Madlin Sadler, chief operating officer at the IRC. “We are grateful for our partnership with Domino’s, which enables the IRC to support and serve our clients as they integrate into new communities.”

The IRC has 29 offices across the United States that support newly arrived refugees by providing immediate aid, integration support and employment services. Around the country, the IRC welcomes and helps refugees as they arrive in their new communities by finding homes, connecting to employment and education, and providing essential items.

Domino’s has supported the IRC since 2021 through emergency contributions following crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine. Domino’s is the first employer for many immigrants across the country – many who worked their way through the Domino’s system and became franchise owners.

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