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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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Thank You from Pastor Ross Goodman

Ascentria Care Alliance - May 5, 2020

As Ascentria's Board Vice Chair, Pastor Ross Goodman knows first-hand that we could not support our communities' most vulnerable without our donors. All of us at Ascentria echo his words of gratitude for your continued generosity.  Read more

“I Was Often Told That I Will Never Become Anything in My Life.” – Kirian’s Story

Ascentria Care Alliance - April 17, 2020

Growing up in Honduras, Kirian Vasquez was left to fend for herself at the age of 14. For as long as she could remember, she was told that as a woman, her job was to be a wife and a mother, nothing more. “I was often told that I will never become anything [in] my life,” explained Kirian. Desperate to escape, Kirian fled to the United States, where as an unaccompanied minor, she was placed into the care of Ascentria Care Alliance’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URMP). Read more

Ascentria Care Alliance Welcomes New Vice President of Development

Ascentria Care Alliance - March 2, 2020

Worcester, MA – Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England, announces the addition of Karen-Louise Walker as Vice President of Development. Karen joined Ascentria in February and is responsible for leading, planning, and implementing all external fundraising activities.    Read more

Mentoring, friendship and inclusion keys to success for refugees

Laconia Daily Sun - February 12, 2020

LACONIA – When Albertine D’Almeida arrived in the United States at age four, the refugee from Ghana experienced two kinds of shock. First, the January air in Boston seemed preposterously cold. “I woke up and started crying,” said D’Almeida, now a sophomore at Laconia High School. 

Her second discovery was more jarring.

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Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Trump Executive Order

Ascentria Care Alliance - January 23, 2020

On January 15th, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Trump's executive order, which would have required state and local governments to submit written consent to the federal government in order to resettle refugees. Read more

Healthcare’s Growing Crisis: Need for Workers Providing Patient Care

New Hampshire Business Review - Angela Bovill - January 16, 2020

A convergence of trends is producing a real crisis in healthcare: a growing shortage of front-line, low-paid workers providing our early, basic and long-term patient care. Read more

Tis the Season to Celebrate and Anticipate!

Ascentria Care Alliance - December 24, 2019

At Ascentria, we love this time of year! We celebrate the accomplishments of our clients, and give our heartfelt thanks to you, our community of donors, volunteers, and partners. We thank you for investing in our work to help people struggling in transition reach beyond life’s challenges and thrive. Read more

The Little-Known Crisis in Health Care

Worcester Business Journal- Angela Bovill - December 6, 2019

A convergence of trends is producing a real crisis in health care: a growing shortage of front-line, low-paid workers providing our early, basic, and long-term patient care. 

Sadly, it seems like society devalues this work. Health professionals, like physicians, are generally paid well. Yet it’s lower-paid workers, like certified nurse assistants, whom patients see more often and trust as a lifeline.  Read more

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