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Our Turn: Welcoming Communities

In the middle of the worst pandemic in a century, communities around the country are welcoming at least 70,000 Afghans to the United States. Our organizations, Ascentria Care Alliance and the International Institute of New England (IINE), expect to resettle more than 200 Afghans in the Granite State by the middle of February, nearly three times as many refugees as New Hampshire welcomed in all of last year.

The experiences of Afghan evacuees are a sobering reminder of the trauma refugees face when fleeing their home countries. In their evacuations, Afghans in our services left everything behind — homes, personal possessions, friends and family. They worry about loved ones living in a nation that is quickly becoming the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis.

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Urgent Action Needed: Refugee Resettlement At Risk

Church World Service - August 15, 2018

In an urgent effort to stop the administration from cutting refugee resettlement to a drastic new low, Church World Service is launching a brand new #Welcome75k Toolkit and a religious leader sign-on letter. Please join us in taking action and spreading the word. Read more

West Springfield Nutrition Program Offered in Russian and English

MassLive - August 14, 2018

Ascentria Care Alliance and SNAP-Ed have partnered to offer a free cooking and nutrition class at Oxford Place Wednesday, August 14. The event is open to West Springfield Housing Authority residents, as well as the community at large from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm in the Oxford Place Community Room, 37 Oxford Place.

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Program offers refugees a weekend with Cape host families

The Cape Cod Times - August 13, 2018

Nauset Interfaith hosted 6 of our refugee families (14 children and 7 adults) this weekend for the Refugee Welcoming Weekend at Cape Cod. The families enjoyed a Sharks & Seals ranger talk, canoeing at Salt Pond, and ice cream. The weekend wrapped up with a a potluck supper hosted by the Community of Jesus in Orleans with about 60 people enjoying food & fellowship. Our refugees led the group in song, and David from Liberia gave a heartfelt thank-you speech. All of these families were resettled by Ascentria and have been supported by Community Circles.  Read more

LIRS Warns Against 40% Reduction to Current Refugee Ceiling

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) - August 2, 2018

Every September, the President sets the refugee admissions goal for the coming fiscal year. Last year, the President set the goal at a historically low 45,000 refugees who could be resettled in Fiscal Year 2018. Meanwhile the need for refugee resettlement has never been greater, and it continues to grow. Now is the time for state and local elected leaders to take a stand and urge the President to resettle 75,000 refugees in the coming fiscal yearRead more

Ascentria’s Services for New Americans Relocates

Ascentria Care Alliance - July 16, 2018

Services for New Americans (SNA), a member of Ascentria Care Alliance, announces their relocation to West Springfield to provide improved services and greater accessibility for refugee and immigrant families. The program will continue to offer refugee resettlement and case management services, English (ESOL) classes, employment services and immigration and legal services for new Americans. Read more

Child separation recipe for lifelong health, behavioral problems

Telegram & Gazette - July 1, 2018

Separating children from their parents who accompanied them across the United States’ southwestern border is setting them up for potential lifelong health, developmental and behavioral problems, according to a UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center pediatrician who studies traumatic stress in children. Read more

Protecting children is the heart of our mission.

Ascentria Care Alliance - June 21, 2018

Dear Friend, We have been experiencing a nightmare. Thousands of innocent migrant children have been taken from their parents…in the United States of America! You probably heard the audio recording of children crying out for their parents. It’s all been so heartbreaking. Read more

Ascentria E-News June 2018

Ascentria Development Department - June 19, 2018

Ascentria E-Newsletter and E-Updates on Ways to Get Involved Read more

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