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Two Local Resettlement Agencies Address Biden's Proposed Asylum Ban

The Biden Administration’s proposed rule would ban people from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they do not apply for asylum in another country first or do not make an appointment with a Customs and Border office through a mobile application. Read more

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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

2022 Power 50: Angela Bovill

Worcester Business Journal - May 2, 2022

Ascentria Care Alliance is at the heart of Greater Worcester’s efforts to serve, support, and settle refugees and immigrants. Under Angela Bovill’s leadership this year, the organization worked with other nonprofits in the region to welcome nearly 600 Afghan refugees. Read more

Afghan families move to Bolton while waiting for Bromfield House

The Harvard Press BY MARTY GREEN - April 29, 2022

For the Afghan families who came to Harvard last December, their stay at Friendly Crossways was supposed to be a brief one, until a longer-term home could be located. The leading candidate for that longer-term—but still temporary—residence was Bromfield House, the vacant house where the school district administration offices were once located.  Read more

Grappling with war: Ukrainian community in N.H. mounts aid efforts while awaiting resettlement

BY: AMANDA GOKEE New Hampshire Bulletin - April 28, 2022

Since the war broke out in Ukraine, Kateryna Kelly has discovered the Ukrainian community in New Hampshire is bigger than she thought, as people have come forward to join the aid effort. Read more

Select Board sets lease of Bromfield House for Afghan relief group

The Harvard Press BY MARTY GREEN - April 15, 2022

In a unanimous vote Monday, the School Committee turned over control of Bromfield House to the Select Board. And a day later, at its Tuesday meeting, the Select Board gave overall approval to a lease that will allow Afghan refugees to use the house for about a year. Read more

Ukrainian refugee family reunited with relatives in U.S.

NBC News By Kelsy Kershaw and Andrew Davis - April 14, 2022

WESTFIELD, Mass. — When the bombing started, they hid in the basement.

Ivan Yemelianov, 36; Liudmyla Yemelianova, known as Myla, 38; and their four young children fled their home near Kyiv, Ukraine, almost two months ago, after Russia invaded their country.

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