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Our Team

Board of Directors
Andrea Schaefer, President
Zach TreadwayVice President

Helen Floros, Treasurer
Kayte Rossi, Secretary

Sarah Bekemeyer

Khalid Chohan

Aliza Darnell

Michelle Edwards

Ted Floros

Wendy Giltner

Sara Hendrixson

Allison Jonjak

Wakeel Rahman

Wendy Ross


Pat Joshu, Executive Director                   

Sarah Paradoski, Program Coordinator  

Anna Brown, Program Assistant

Emma Roeder, Program Assistant

Volunteer Leader
Jean Smith, Liaison Teacher


Our Teachers
Since 1995, Immigrant & Refugee Women's Program (IRWP) has helped women arriving in St. Louis, MO, from foreign countries to make a new life in the United States.  Founded by Sr. Elise Silvestri, SSND, IRWP began with six Vietnamese women students. IRWP was part of the Notre Dame Ministry Corporation from 1999 until 2006. In 2006, IRWP received its own 501(c)3 status.   Last year, January 1 - December 31, 2016, 228 volunteer teachers helped 211 students from 42 different countries increase English and practical living skills.

IRWP is currently seeking new board members.  Call Pat Joshu at 314-771-1104 to see how you can help us serve even more women in the future.

Our Funding
Grants and donations from individuals, foundations, and groups provide the main financial support for the program, which has a budget for 2017 of $235,000. Last year, corporations and foundations contributed 67 percent of revenues. Individuals contributed 16 percent, 15 percent came from our Wine Tasting, Golf, Trivia and third party events. 2 percent was earned income.

Expenditures in 2016 include: 

  • Programs: 85%
  • Administration: 10%
  • Fundraising: 5%

Financial Information

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2016  Annual Report

2016 990

2015 Annual Report

2015 990

2014 Annual Report

2014 990

2013 Annual Report

2013 990

2012 Annual Report

2012 990

July 1, 2011-December 31, 2011 990

2010-2011 990

2010-2011 Annual Report

2009-2010 990
2009-2010 Annual Report

2008-2009 990

2008-2009 Annual Report

2007-2008 990 ; Schedule A ; Schedule B

2007-2008 Annual Report

Women are referred to the program by health care personnel, domestic violence programs, and former and current students, as well as by many organizations, including:
  • Youth In Need Head Start
  • Catholic Charities Refugee Services
  • St. Pius V Refugee Support Program
  • Center for Survivors of War Trauma
  • Nurses for Newborns
  • International Institute

IRWP connects students with other agencies to assist with a variety of family needs.

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