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With low wages and few workers, NH home care system has ‘gone off the cliff'

Borja Alvarez de Toledo says the home care workers he employs "perform miracles," when they do the dressing, bathing and light housework that allows elderly adults, who are eligible for nursing home care, to continue to seek personal care services at home.

And yet, these workers are paid $13.50 an hour and are never eligible for benefits, said Alvarez de Toledo, CEO of Waypoint, a nonprofit agency that provides different social services throughout New Hampshire. The low wages and lack of benefits make it extremely difficult to find employees willing to provide this essential service.

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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

Vermont charity, wrestling with industry challenges, gives away 5,500th donated car

Jack Thurston New England Cable News Reporter - September 9, 2021

A Vermont-based nonprofit that provides safe and reliable vehicles to people in need throughout Vermont and Massachusetts says it's facing new challenges created by global supply chain problems. Read more

Massachusetts Aid Groups in ‘Overdrive’ Preparing for Afghan Evacuees

Mass Live - September 2, 2021

Aid organizations across the state are in overdrive preparing to help in the efforts to aid Afghan refugees when they arrive in the state, whenever that might be. Read more

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