Jeffrey Cornish is the new director of the International Rescue Committee in Tucson, which helps refugees begin new lives in the United States.

Cornish had been working as Gambian country director for the Peace Corps in eastern Africa.

Cornish says he and his family were looking forward to establishing roots again in the United States, after working in other countries for more than a dozen years.

"It seemed like a perfect match for me. I had spent a lot of time in the refugee camps overseas, and it was a chance for me to come full circle and work with the resettlement of refugees here in the United States," Cornish says.

The IRC assists refugees from many nations, in Africa and elsewhere.

The organization depends on volunteers to accomplish many of its missions, and Tucson resident Pam Simon is one of them.

Simon first heard about IRC while working for former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and eventually she began to work with one of the families that moved here from Africa.

"And I found out that you can give a little or you can give a lot, it's all appreciated. Just has been a really, really, truly rewarding experience," she says.