What is Iskashitaa?

Iskashitaa's supporters and recipients say Iskashitaa means, empowerment, cross cultural exchange, sustainability, connections, collaboration, education, community engagement, service, opportunities, arts, traditions, environmentally conscience, new experiences, identity, local food, diversity, and much more.

What does Iskashitaa mean to you? 

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Our Mission

Who do we serve?

Nearly 33 million people are uprooted from their homes by persecution and armed conflict. These refugees’ loss is incalculable: they may lose their home, livelihood, safety, belonging, or family. Currently, less than one percent of these refugees are resettled to a permanent home. Upon arrival, the success of these lucky families depend on the welcome they receive from their new community.

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Event Spotlight

Volunteer Orientation:

Thursday, January 14, 2015, 6 PM-8 PM, Catalina United Methodist Church, (2700 E. Speedway Blvd., Room E23). This interactive workshop focuses on global, national, & local aspects of refugee resettlement; ways in which Iskashitaa enhances our community through food-based programming; & how to become a volunteer (though, no volunteer commitment is required). RSVP to Jamie at volunteer@iskashitaa.org or 520-440-0100. This workshop is always held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the same time and place! 


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Feb11 Refugee 101 Information Night
Refugee 101 Info Night -  6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedw...
Feb11 Refugee 101 Information Night
Refugee 101 Info Night - Thurs, Mar. 12th, 6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 27...
Feb12 Harvests
We typically harvest on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:00 AM.  We meet at our office and ca...

Volunteer Spotlight

Iskashitaa has chosen to recognize Joanne Finch as Volunteer of the Year. We are so grateful for the contributions she has made to Iskashitaa, both as a part of our harvesting program and in the lives of individual refugees. Recently, Joanne has helped several refugees move into new apartments, and she also invited a musically talented refugee to give a presentation to her churchs youth at their music camp. She is a dependable member of our harvesting team, who shows up each Friday morning (often with a car full of eager harvesters) and makes sure that no fruit is left behind. Thank you, Joanne, for all you do!

Iskashitaa would like to extend our deep appreciation to two wonderful supporters, Judith and Bruce Billings, who have shown great hospitality to Iskashitaa this summer. We are thrilled to host many summer interns this year. When we reached out to the community to help us secure housing, the Billings graciously made their casita available at no cost so that we could enthusiastically say, "Yes!" to a hardworking intern who is gaining hands-on leadership experience and helping us further our mission of empowering refugees.

Read more about Judith and Bruce in our July Newsletter!

We are honored to announce Ty Trainer as Iskashitaa's Volunteer of the Month!

Ty is nothing short of a volunteer superstar. He is always willing to help whenever
and wherever he can-regularly attending harvests, food preservation workshops, events
and more. Last month, to preserve fruit affected by the freeze, Ty spent over two
days juicing lemons at the Iskashitaa office. His incredible hard work and marvelous
upbeat energy never fail to bring a smile to everyone he meets. Thank you, Ty!

Max Efrein, a Broadcast Journalism and History Major from the University of Arizona, began his internship with Iskashitaa Refugee Network on August 2012. He is working with Iskashitaa staff, Girls Making Media, volunteers and refugees to develop a cookbook that highlights refugee recipes and cultural traditions. Max has used his journalistic skills to proactively collected recipes while creating relationships with refugees, so much so that he has been invited to refugees' homes to share delicious meals that will be featured in Iskashitaa's cookbook. Max is always ready to lend a helping hand and has been a great asset to Iskashitaa.

Thank you Max for all your hard work!
Kylin Jewell started out as an Americorps member working with the Iskashitaa Refugee Network in the sewing and crafts program and is now a volunteer for the sewing class we provide at the Oasis Apartments!

She is a very thoughtful and reliable person and always gives her best to help refugees learn how to use a sewing machine so they can makeclothing or other items.

Read more about Kylin on our Blog!

Cheska and Danielle have joined Iskashitaa from Duke University this summer. This dynamic duo have been attending events around the Tucson Community raising awareness on Iskashitaa programming and building relationships with refugees. Cheska and Danielle have been using their skills to build readership on our blog, Facebook and newsletter. 

Learn how you can become an Intern by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator.

Sue Troutman's dynamic personality and willingness to help in a pinch make her an ideal volunteer for Iskashitaa. She is the driver when you need it and the photographer responsible for all of our swim program pictures. You may find Sue Troutman editing photos, peering through a lens, driving refugees to a program, harvesting, or chatting with a refugee friend. Iskashitaa has been proud to have Sue as a part of our programs for many years as our photographer and dedicated volunteer. Thank you Sue!








Sue Troutman's dynamic personality and hard work ethic make her a pleasure to be around and a true asset to the Iskashitaa team. She can be found harvesting with the HCET interns, pool side with the new swimming classes, or helping staff out in a pinch.  She is also the woman behind the lens of the beautiful swimming pictures and many of our website's photographs.  Thank you Sue for preserving our memories!