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Massachusetts to Continue Accepting Refugees Following Executive Order, Governor Says

The Trump administration’s new executive order not only caps refugee admissions nationwide at 18,000 for the next fiscal year, it also puts the onus on municipalities and states across the country to give written consent to allow refugees resettle into their communities.

Massachusetts is poised to offer that written consent, according to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office.

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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

Ascentria 2017 Holiday Message

Ascentria Care Alliance - December 25, 2017

Dear Ascentria Community, This is the season of hope, and it’s a time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for – our faith, our family and friends, our health, the ability we have to help others in need, and the freedoms we are blessed with in this wonderful country.

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Ascentria Care Alliance’s Christmas Gift Program to Benefit Programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine

Ascentria Care Alliance - December 7, 2017

Christmas is sure to be much merrier this year for more than 500 individuals served by Ascentria Care Alliance — one of the largest human service organizations in New England--thanks to the generosity of our community partners. Wish lists for warm winter clothes, non-perishable food, games, toys, crafts, gift cards, school supplies, diapers, formula, bedding, household items and bus passes are being fulfilled! These gifts will be shared with individuals and families in Ascentria’s Teen Parenting programs in MA; Foster Care programs in MA and NH; Services for New Americans programs in MA and NH; Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program in MA; and our Mental Health and Disability Services in MA and ME. Read more

Angela Bovill Remade Central Massaschusetts Social Services

Worcester Business Journal - November 1, 2017

Angela Bovill wouldn't recommend the beginning of her adult life – starting with marriage and children by age 19 – to anyone. College was postponed due to pregnancy. She went to work instead at a biotech company in native Maine. She worked in accounts payable, but she couldn't be contained there. She quickly became a fixer of complex problems.

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