Hilaire Tshombe is a RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps member at the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids, where he supports the refugee community in adjusting to a new culture. He speaks multiple languages including Swahili, French, and Lingala.
Originally a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hilaire immigrated to the United States from South Africa. He is currently studying Social Work at Mount Mercy University. After graduation in 2020, Hilaire plans to continue his education and pursue a masters degree. Hilaire has a passion for helping members of the refugee community succeed: "I would like to empower more refugees to become self-sufficient by helping them to attend college or university."
In his free time, Hilaire enjoys listening to gospel music, teaching, and preaching.