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Springfield Jewish Community Center camp brings joy to diverse population, including children from Ukraine, Afghanistan

Matthew Grochowski has been attending the Jewish Community Center Summer Camp since 2015, with the exception of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the traditional camp. Read more

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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

Aramark Volunteers Making a Difference

Ascentria Care Alliance - October 29, 2019

Volunteers from the Aramark Building Community (ABC) program came together to assemble backpacks and school supplies, and bean soup packages for Ascentria’s clients. Read more

Massachusetts to Continue Accepting Refugees Following Executive Order, Governor Says

Mass Live - October 2, 2019

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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From Fear to Inclusion

The Patch - October 2, 2019

Imaginarte: Views by Refugee Minors: Teen refugee photographers explore their lives, experiences, and voices through visual images

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Agencies Oppose Trump Administration Plans to Slash Refugee Resettlement and Legal Immigration to the U.S.

Ascentria Care Alliance - September 27, 2019

“In countless ways, America depends on new Americans.”
The Trump administration plans to set the new yearly refugee admissions goal at 18,000, a record low. And a new executive order would allow state and local officials to stop resettlement in their communities. They seemingly want to dismantle our nation’s resettlement programs. Read more

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