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Welcome Blankets for New Americans

On March 27, 2019 the Fuller Craft Museum delivered 260 Welcome Blankets to 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.” Read more

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Intern Spotlight: Chayanna Acevedo

Volunteer Stories - April 26, 2013

Chayanna Acevedo landed in the halls of UNH Durham as a nursing major, but observation hours at a local hospital caused her to reconsider. “I wanted to help people for the long term and be more closely involved to address the root issues not just provide the short term fixes,” she contemplated. It was during her time at the hospital that one professional group stuck out-- the social workers. She noticed they were doing exactly what she was after. Read more

Intern Spotlight: Courtney Perron

Volunteer Stories - April 26, 2013

What’s the one special day that is unique to you? When it seems the whole world pauses to celebrate you, or at least that’s how it seems when you’re showered with gifts, hugs, extra big smiles, your phone is blowing up with well-wishes, and your Facebook wall is at its fullest capacity- it’s your birthday! But what if you didn’t know when your birthday was and how old you were? For the many Haitian orphans Courtney Perron met during her time in their country, this was the case. Read more

Community Volunteer: Leslie van Berkum

Volunteer Stories - April 26, 2013

Leslie van Berkum, having paused her teaching career to focus on her business, missed the daily interaction with people who needed her help. She started volunteering to mentor a refugee family through Lutheran Social Services (now Ascentria care Alliance) and ease their transition by providing extra support on a weekly basis. Leslie recalled “I’ve always admired the work of LSS. My kids played sports all throughout high school with refugee kids and they would constantly talk about how LSS helped them to integrate into their community.”  Read more

The Giving Tree at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough Mass.

Volunteer Stories - January 4, 2013

For the past nine years, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough, Massachusetts, has taken on the challenge of providing Christmas gifts to people being served by Lutheran Social Services (now Ascentria Care Alliance). This year generous church members provided gifts for over 170 individuals from three Worcester LSS programs! Enthusiastic and appreciative recipients of these gifts were moms and their babies at The Florence House, developmentally disabled residents at The North Ashland Street Residence, and children and teens in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program. Read more

The Giving Tree at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brockton Mass.

Volunteer Stories - January 4, 2013

Twelve Lutheran churches in Massachusetts shared their Christmas kindness
with more than 240 people who are served by LSS!
Tasked with filling 50 Christmas stockings with gift cards and personal care items, Brockton's First Evangelical Lutheran Church members got busy, and after just two weeks all of the ornaments with wish lists were taken and gifts were being placed under the tree! Read more

Volunteer Spotlight - Sally Le

Volunteer Stories - December 4, 2012

Sally Le is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts and is currently majoring in math at the College of the Holy Cross in her hometown. She also volunteers as a tutor in the LSS (now Ascentria Care Alliance) Services for New Americans program (SNA). As a daughter of immigrants, Sally spent time as a teenager teaching adult family members English in her home. Sally said she was inspired to start tutoring because of her family’s experience. “I knew through my family how difficult it was to be here in America without being able to speak English.” Read more

Volunteer Spotlight- Joseph Lore

Volunteer Stories - December 4, 2012

While in training for his Bar Mitzvah, Joseph Lore chose the Lutheran Home of Southbury(LHS) for his Mitzvah project – doing a good deed within his community. LHS provides quality, compassionate, and comprehensive elder care in Southbury, Connecticut. Although Joseph’s Mitzvah project is completed, he continues his volunteer service. When asked why he loves to volunteer at LHS, Joseph said, “The staff’s sense of compassionate care, given with such energy, inspires me, adding life to my life as well as to that of the residents.” Read more

Coats From Kids

Volunteer Stories - November 8, 2012

The 4th graders at Paton School in Shrewsbury, Masschusetts, recently took their education beyond the classroom, donating winter coats to refugees and immigrants in the LSS (now Ascentria Care Alliance) Services for New Americans program in Worcester. Read more

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