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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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Afghan refugee family's new home in Portsmouth prepared with love by volunteers

Seacoast online: Ian Lenahan, Portsmouth Herald - January 17, 2022

PORTSMOUTH — Two fuzzy stuffed animals — a monkey with a red cap and a dog — sit nuzzled together in a box inside the two-story rectory beside Christ Episcopal Church.

The toys, among a host of other donated goods and household needs, are awaiting the arrival of their new owners — a family of six Afghan refugees resettling in Portsmouth this month. 

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Upper Valley communities prepare to welcome Afghan refugees

by Soleil Gaylord: The Dartmouth - January 14, 2022

Four months after the U.S. officially concluded its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, more than 50,000 refugees have been evacuated from the country and resettled in communities across the U.S., including the Upper Valley. Local community members have been providing support to help Afghan refugees settle down and welcoming them to their new homes. Read more

Afghan resettlement groups say housing is limiting their capacity

By SARAH GIBSON New Hampshire Public Radio - January 11, 2022

New Hampshire’s housing shortage has slowed the process of resettling Afghan evacuees, according to two local organizations. Of the 150 Afghan evacuees who have arrived to New Hampshire since November, about half of them remain in hotels. Read more

Refugee Agencies in MA Praise House Supplemental Budget that Includes $12 million in Aid for Hundreds Fleeing Afghanistan

Ascentria Care Alliance and International Institute of New England - October 25, 2021

Worcester, MA: Mass. Refugee Resettlement Agencies, the nonprofits tasked by the federal government with welcoming and resettling hundreds of Afghan immigrants, praised the inclusion of $12 million in the $3.65 billion House spending bill that draws from last year’s state budget surplus and over half of the American Rescue Plan funds. We are hopeful that the Senate will be equally supportive of this funding as the budget process moves forward. Read more

Ascentria Care Alliance Receives Funding from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Ascentria Care Alliance - October 1, 2021

In 2019, The Heath Foundation of Central Massachusetts (THFCM) awarded Ascentria Cara Alliance (ACA) an $81,600 Activation Grant for ACA’s Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP).  The funding allowed ILAP to expand its low cost legal assistance for immigrants and refugees by offering full legal representation to low income clients who could afford to pay reduced legal fees.  The demand for those services has exceeded the capacity of current ILAP staff that was funded by THFCM, so ACA has decided to build upon their start-up funding, and to add two full time attorneys and four paralegals to meet the increased demand. Read more

Agencies Prepare for Afghan Arrivals to Concord

Concord Monitor - September 16, 2021

As early as October, evacuated Afghans could begin arriving in Concord to make the area their new home. Read more

Agencies in New Hampshire Work on Resettling Afghan Refugees

AP News - September 15, 2021

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two agencies in New Hampshire are working on resettlement plans for Afghan refugees.

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Public Announcements Concerning Proposed Health Care Projects

- September 14, 2021

Ascentria Care Alliance, Inc. intends to file a Notice of Determination of Need with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for a conservation project by Lutheran Home of Jamaica Plain, Inc., a conservation project by Fair Havens, Inc. d/b/a Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, and a conservation project by Lutheran Housing Corporation-Brockton d/b/a Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center.  Read more

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