On March 27, 2019 the Fuller Craft Museum delivered 260 Welcome Blankets to the Ascentria Client Center in Worcester. A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”
Clients of Ascentria's Services for New Americans (SNA) program and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program were exceptionally excited to receive these blankets and the heart-warming notes that accompanied them. What a wonderful way to welcome our new neighbors, family, and friends.
Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire, Ascentria Services for New Americans resettles and establishes individuals and families fleeing conflict and oppression in their homeland. Since its establishment, refugees from around the globe have made New England their new home and contribute to our local communities’ economies and cultural life.
We offer client-centered assistance that includes: individualized case management, English language classes, health and mental health support, housing placement, and cultural orientation. Free and low-cost legal services are available through the Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program. We offer employment assistance and a Microenterprise Development Program that provides business training and planning for start-ups and small business expansions.
To learn more about our Services for New Americans Programs, click here.
Ascentria’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program provides foster care services for refugee and migrant youth who have been:
• Forced to flee their home due to war, natural disaster, violence.
• Running from persecution due to religion, political, social group, or minority ethnic background.
• Have been separated from parents; have no caregiver.
• Neglected, abused, or abandoned.
• Seeking safe environment and hope.
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