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Springfield Jewish Community Center camp brings joy to diverse population, including children from Ukraine, Afghanistan

Matthew Grochowski has been attending the Jewish Community Center Summer Camp since 2015, with the exception of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the traditional camp. Read more

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Springfield Jewish Community Center camp brings joy to diverse population, including children from Ukraine, Afghanistan

By Ron Chimelis | rchimelis@repub.com - August 21, 2022

Matthew Grochowski has been attending the Jewish Community Center Summer Camp since 2015, with the exception of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the traditional camp. Read more

Afghan evacuees find refuge at Steele Hill

By ROBERTA BAKER, THE LACONIA DAILY SUN - August 19, 2022

SANBORNTON — Five Afghan men who work in housekeeping, laundry or landscaping at Steele Hill Resort have a name for Kathy van Engelen, the Laconia woman who helps them each week with shopping, banking, learning English and learning to drive. Read more

Everyone Deserves Access to Reproductive Healthcare

Ascentria Care Alliance - June 27, 2022

Devastating impact. The Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in overturning Roe v. Wade last week will have tragic implications for people across the board, but especially for Black, Brown, LGBTQ+ and low-income members of our communities.

No matter what your personal opinion on the situation is, there is no argument that will remove the pain and suffering that will be caused by this decision. There are far too many circumstances that legislation cannot possibly be expected to understand or anticipate in a personal health decision – never mind the privacy implications of this type of shared information. Read more

Hearing date set on petition to make Bromfield House available to refugees

John Osborn, The Harvard Press - June 24, 2022

After languishing for months in Probate Court, a petition to allow the leasing of the Bromfield House to a nonprofit refugee support group will soon get a hearing. Read more

For N.H.'s Brazilian immigrants, healthcare can be a challenge. Some are trying to fix that.

New Hampshire Public Radio - June 17, 2022

New Hampshire is home to a growing Brazilian population, but some local advocates and medical providers say miscommunication and cultural misunderstandings can make it difficult for people in this community to access healthcare. Read more

Welcome New Board Members!

Ascentria Care Alliance - June 16, 2022

Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England, announces the addition of four new members to their board of directors. Read more

Eldridge: Let’s complete our moral commitment to our brave Afghan refugees

MetroWest Daily News - June 10, 2022

Ninety-five thousand Afghan individuals are expected to resettle in the U.S., including a total of 2,000 in Massachusetts, according to the The Associated Press. The federal effort to resettle Afghans in the U.S. is known as “Operation Allies Welcome.” Despite these efforts, Afghans in the U.S. today continue to experience hardships with housing, employment, and overall adaptations. Federal, state and local governments must do more to support them. Read more

Ascentria works to settle Ukrainians in western Mass.

WBUR Tiziana Dearing and Franziska Monahan - May 3, 2022

Ascentria Care Alliance, based in Worcester, has been helping families fleeing Ukraine and coming to western Massachusetts. Since welcoming the first family in April, the nonprofit has been inundated with what it calls "walk-ins," or unofficial refugees, seeking services. Read more

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