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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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Recent News and Blog Stories

Alumnus Michael Alden and the Award-Winning Nonprofit, LANGUAGE BANK

Grant Thornton Alumni Community - November 27, 2019

During his time at Grant Thornton from 2010 to 2014, Michael Alden worked in the restructuring practice in New York City, focusing on financial and strategic turnaround services. Now he applies those skills to the Health & Human Services Industry, serving as VP of Business Development at Ascentria Care Alliance.
With a goal to make human services more effective, Ascentria created a nonprofit subsidiary called Language Bank that trains and employs refugees and other new Americans as professional language interpreters. Read more

Six Central Mass. Nonprofits Awarded Business Assistance Grants

Worcester Business Journal - Thomas Grillo - November 20, 2019

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday the state has provided $3 million in small business technical assistance grants to four dozen nonprofits, including six in Central Massachusetts.

Among the local recipients include Ascentria Community Services in Worcester, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce in Whitinsville, the Center for Women and Enterprise in Westborough, NewVue Communities in Fitchburg, North Central Massachusetts Development Corp. in Fitchburg, and the South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Framingham.

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Ascentria is ranked 39th in the 2019 list of Top 100 Women-led Businesses

Ascentria Care Alliance - November 8, 2019

Ascentria is ranked 39th in the 2019 list of Top 100 Women-led Businesses, its fourth consecutive appearance on the list! The criteria considered for the Top 100 list include revenue or operating budget, number of full-time employees in the state, and impressive records of innovation and workplace diversity.  Read more

Volunteer Mentors Help Refugee Youth to Feel Seen, Important, and Loved!

Ascentria Care Alliance - November 6, 2019

Meet Marlena Springstubb! Marlena is a former Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring for Ascentria’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program in Worcester, MA.
 
When Marlena came to Ascentria, her goal was to create a successful and sustainable volunteer mentoring program for refugee youth. During her two years with Ascentria, Marlena developed PartnerUp! a one-on-one volunteer mentoring program. Read more

Leona Martin’s Second Act!

Volunteer Stories - November 1, 2019

Volunteering as a mentor at Ascentria's Ruth House makes perfect sense to Leona. Although many years have passed since she was a teenage mother, she still vividly remembers the challenges she faced and the emotional pain that she felt.  Fortunately for Leona, her mother was very supportive and stood by her. She didn’t judge Leona, and often assured her by saying “We’ll get through this.” She discouraged Leona from marriage and took care of her baby so that Leona could continue her education. Looking back Leona recalled, “I think that the emotional pain gave me the drive to keep moving forward. There were bumps in the road, but I made it!” Read more

Florence House: The Home Your Donation Built

Ascentria Care Alliance - October 29, 2019

In the spring, Florence House residents and staff welcomed local politicians church members, philanthropic leaders, businesses, and donors to a ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the doors to this new home. Florence House provides a safe haven for single teen moms with small children who might otherwise be homeless, living in unsafe situations or substandard housing. Read more

Providing Legal Services to Those in Need

Ascentria Care Alliance - October 29, 2019

Ascentria’s Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP) was recently awarded a generous grant of $81,600 from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts’ Activation Fund Grant. This grant will support our work to provide free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in Massachusetts.  Read more

Ascentria's New Workforce Development Initiative

Ascentria Care Alliance - October 29, 2019

Ascentria is partnering with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) to develop a program to train workers for jobs in Health Care and Social Assistance.  This partnership was made possible by one of the first-ever round of Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grants. Read more

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