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Welcome Blankets for New Americans

On March 27, 2019 the Fuller Craft Museum delivered 260 Welcome Blankets to Ascentria Client Center in Worcester. A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.” Read more

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Recent News and Blog Stories

Take Action: Stand Against Discriminatory, Anti-Immigrant Bill

Ascentria Care Alliance and Church World Service - March 30, 2018

Dear Friend, Right now, the New Hampshire legislature is considering a discriminatory, anti-immigrant bill, SB 525, which would restrict and exclude certain immigrants from critical social programs – which include English courses, high school education, and workforce development. This bill is designed to discriminate against the immigrant community members. It would also put an undue administrative burden on adult education programs.

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New England College Celebrates World Peace Day

Concord Monitor - February 26, 2018

New England College’s Event Management class (and Professor Susan M. Murray) would like to thank everyone that helped make our Celebration of World Peace Day at the Concord Family YMCA a success. Read more

Nonprofits and For-profits Should Collaborate

Worcester Business Journal - February 19, 2018

Profits vs. prophets. That is a simplistic way to view the difference between for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations. The purpose of a business is to make money for investors, while the purpose of a nonprofit is altruistic, if not spiritual: to help people in need.

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2 Decades of Giving a Lift to those in Need

Bennington Banner - February 14, 2018

Katlyn Farland couldn't be happier with her new Subaru Outback. 'I love it, I absolutely love it,' she said. 'I love the way it drives - it's very smooth. And it's easy to get in and out of.' There's plenty of room in the back for her daughter Sofia's stroller, too. Read more

US Refugee Resettlement Program has been nearly dismantled, advocates say

Boston Globe - February 7, 2018

Sura has spent much of her life fleeing wars and waiting to find a place to permanently call home. Her family fled Baghdad in 2007, resettling in Syria. Then they sought refuge in Turkey, where they started the arduous screening process to be resettled in the United States as refugees. Read more

College Town: Becker hosts refugee entrepreneur event

Telegram and Gazette - January 30, 2018

Starting a new business is challenging enough, but doing it in a new country is even more daunting, especially for refugees who have fled their homelands. Read more

Jessica Bond, Ascentria program manager for Therapeutic Family Connections (TFC) in Concord, New Hampshire Named one of the 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

New Hampshire Union Leader - January 30, 2018

We are proud to announce that Jessica Bond, program manager for Therapeutic Family Connections (TFC) in Concord, New Hampshire has been named to the 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty. The Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty program recognizes some of New Hampshire’s brightest young achievers who have a record of professional and volunteer accomplishments. Read more

Leona Martin’s Second Act!

Volunteer Stories - January 25, 2018

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

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