Neighborhood Support Teams

Often, unprecedented times call for innovation and bold actions. With the impending arrival of at Afghans last summer, Ascentria concluded that the best way to effectively resettle would be to tap into the power of local communities for help. 

To mobilize the generous, caring public into a network of support, Ascentria has partnered with local communities and organizations to engage volunteers throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. By organizing Neighborhood Support Teams (NSTs), each comprised of 20-30 volunteers that are overseen by an Ascentria case manager, together we are creating a sustainable community-based model of resettlement.

Neighborhood Support Teams will be a crucial part of the support systems in place for Ukrainian arrivals in your community. Will you join in this effort?

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What does a Neighborhood Support Team Do?

Neighborhood Support Teams (NSTs) work alongside Ascentria case managers to help refugee families and individuals access resources, recover and heal, and build self-sufficient lives here in the U.S. NSTs are formed when a community decides that they want to make the commitment to sponsor an individual or family by providing supports for up to one year.
 

Hear from Dave and Doreen Rinas About Being an NST

Because we are talking about a long-term relationship between the community and the resettled Afghans, it is imperative that both parties are involved in the matching process. Community placements of refugees will take into account the resettled peoples’  interests, preferred location, and overall compatibility with the community.

For the first two months of a person's arrival, NSTs can expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week as a team helping the person or family access resources, acclimate to their new community, and settle in their new homes.
Neighborhood support teams will be needed to help with the following tasks in the coming months and years as refugees rebuild their lives here in the U.S.:
 
  • Helping locate and setup short and long-term housing
  • Welcoming and helping introduce new arrivals to the community
  • Assisting with education enrollment and support
  • Fundraising to ease financial burdens while people get settled
  • Assisting individuals in their search for employment
  • Helping people access and navigate the U.S. healthcare system
  • Helping locate additional resources and benefits
  • Coordinating with Ascentria case managers

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Who Will You Be Helping?

We have resettled 600+ Afghans throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the majority of whom are being supported by an incredible array of 1200 volunteers. We also anticipate helping Ukrainian refugees in the near future through the Neighborhood Support Team model. You will be helping families and individuals who fled conflict, discimination, and political persecution rebuild their lives.

All refugees who arrive in the United States undergo an intense vetting process through the federal government, a health screening, and receive mandatory vaccinations before being placed with a resettlement agency.

NSTs work directly with Ascentria to access resources and provide necessary support systems for refugees.

NSTs are forming across New England! Take a look at the map to find an NST near you!

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FAQS

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Cultural Mentorship Program

Learning about refugees' customs and resettlement best practices are requirements for volunteers and Neighborhood Support Teams. Ascentria's Cultural Mentorship Program is a holistic learning experience that helps you provide a safe and welcoming environment for new arrivals.

Hear from Freshta about Afghan culture!

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Want to Help Full Time?

Consider joining the Ascentria team!

You will be joining our organization at a pivotal point in our history, and in the history of the United States. You will be directly involved in helping organize, strategize, and enact ways to provide new services, access new funding sources, cultivate relationships with community members, and more. Your day-to-day work would be spent truly making a difference as we work to help resettle hundreds of Afghan evacuees.

Ascentria Care Alliance Services for New Americans

11 Shattuck St, Worcester, MA 01605
425 Union St, West Springfield, MA 01809
261 Sheep Davis Rd, Concord, NH 03301

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