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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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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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As Ukraine refugee crisis grows, volunteers and officials in Massachusetts prep for new arrivals

WCVB Chronicle - April 13, 2022

NEEDHAM, Mass. —

More than 4 million Ukrainians have fled their country since fighting broke out in February, and another 7 million have been displaced inside Ukraine.

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The first Ukrainian refugees arriving in Mass. will live in Westfield

Nirvani Williams, New England Public Media WBUR - April 7, 2022

A Ukrainian family was expected to arrive in Massachusetts Wednesday night as the first refugees to enter the state after Russia's invasion of the country. Read more

Senator Eldridge Makes Court Filing to Help Afghan Refugees

Senator Eldridge - April 5, 2022

Harvard, MA – State Senator Jamie Eldridge filed an amicus brief in Worcester Probate and Family Court in support of the town of Harvard’s interest to change the trust governing the Bromfield House, to allow the vacant historical house to be used for people to live in, so that Harvard can place some of the Afghan families living in Harvard there. 

The amicus brief strongly urges the Court to allow an Afghan refugee family to live in the vacant Bromfield House as part of the Town of Harvard’s initiative to secure housing for the Afghan refugee families still in need of housing. An amicus brief is known as a “friend of the court” brief where a non-party advocates for a particular court decision. 

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