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Hearts & Homes for Refugees (HHR) and the Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI)

Members, Friends & Supporters

WRI Network at a Glance (click here)

HHR relies heavily on networking to extend the reach and impact of our work on behalf of refugees. 

In Westchester County, WRI represents non-profit organizations, faith communities, student and community groups, and committed individuals dedicated to supporting refugee and asylee populations, educating neighbors and communities, and advocating for just refugee and asylum policies across the county. A diverse and committed coalition is the key to successful collaboration and results.

We invite your organization to learn more about joining this network to uplift the welcoming movement. Email

November, 2018

WRI Members                                                                                                                                          

   Hearts and Homes for Refugees, Pelham (founder & coordinator)

Catholic Charities of New York

HIAS New York

American Muslim Women's Association

Community Church of the Pelhams

Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains

Ethical Culture Society of Westchester

First Unitarian Society of Westchester (FUSW)

Inter-Faith Council for New Americans Westchester (ICNAW)

Beth El Synagogue (New Rochelle), Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, Ethical Cultural Society of Westchester, New Rochelle United Methodist Church, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Temple Israel Center of White Plains

Neighbors for Refugees, Larchmont/Mamaroneck

PART One (Pleasantville Armonk Resettlement Team)

Congregation B’nai Yisrael, Pleasantville Community Synagogue

Rivertowns for Refugees

Irvington Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Shalom, Social Action for 10591, Irvington High School, Our Lady of Pompeii, Temple Beth Shalom Social Action, St. Barnabas, Grace Episcopal, Hastings NY, Christ Episcopal Church, Zion Episcopal Dobbs Ferry, Irvington Activists, Temple Beth Abraham, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Sacred Heart, Reformed Church of Tarrytown, All Saints Episcopal Church Briarcliff, South Presbyterian Church, St. Matthew & Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Christ Episcopal Church & San Marcos

Sisters of the Divine Compassion (RDC)

Students for Refugees

Founded by Scarsdale High School, with branches in the following Westchester High Schools: Ardsley, Blind Brook, Hackley, Horace Mann, Irvington, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye Country Day School. Branches also in other cities across the country and in Europe.

Woodlands-Bet Am Shalom, White Plains

WRI Friends

Capuchin Franciscans

Community Synagogue of Rye

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye

Greater NYC Families for Syria

Huguenot Memorial Church of the Pelhams

JCC Harrison

Interfaith Committee for Refugee Resettlement, Rye

Christ's Church, Rye Presbyterian and Rye Community Synagogue

Maryknoll Society

Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

No One Left Behind

No One Left Behind - Rochester, Ellen Hickory Smith

Northern Westchester Interfaith Coalition for Refugee Resettlement

Northwest Yonkers Neighbors for Refugees

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mamaroneck

Veterans for American Ideals

Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale

White Plains-Scarsdale Refugee Resettlement Group

Congregation Kol Ami, Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-el


WRI Partners and Supporters

Pelham Picture House

Pineapple Fund

Real New York Tours

Welcoming America

West End Collegiate Church


For information about participating in WRI, email:


Additional Refugee Support Resources

Family to Family - Donate a Monthly Gift Card for Groceries 

Westchester County-based Family to Family's Refugee Sponsorship Program helps families and individuals that have arrived throughout the U.S. seeking asylum. As they rebuild their lives, start jobs and enroll in school, your sponsorship will provide the family with a week’s worth of groceries each month. Contact Pam Kroner at Family to Family.  

Hello Neighbor 

Similar to Helping Hands, Hello Neighbor is a Pittsburgh based mentorship program that matches neighbors with refugee families.  Visit the site for more information about starting a Hello Neighbor program in your community.  

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)

Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) helps refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut's communities.  IRIS accomplishes works in New Haven and over forty other communities throughout Connecticut.  IRIS also promotes its community co-sponsorship model beyond Connecticut in hopes that many more communities will have the joy of personally welcoming and working with refugees in their hometowns.  

Volunteers and organizations in Westchester County are working with IRIS and their refugees in meaningful ways. Learn more about their programs and how you and your faith group, neighbors, family or civic/social groups can get involved with support of a family or an IRIS program. Contact:  Ann O'Brien, Director of Community Engagement

NuDay Syria

NuDay Syria is a New England-based organization that provides aid to displaced Syrians abroad, with special regard for Syrian women and girls amidst the crisis. Communities that partner with them hold local donation drives for goods which are sent to Syria in on container ships.

In October, 2017, Hearts and Homes for Refugees collected urgently needed supplies for the Syrian people. Thanks to generous neighbors, 25,000 lbs of goods were collected, sorted and packed for delivery to an awaiting container in New Hampshire. The donations collected throughout New England were shipped with the aid NuDay Syria whose 'boots on the ground' in Syria provide access and appropriate distribution in this war-torn country. The container arrived in Turkey and made the final leg of the trip into northern Syria where donations were distributed to displaced Syrians in refugees in camps and hospitals. 

In addition to Container Drives, NuDay Syria provides education and other on-site services in Syria.  Learn more about ways to support their overseas efforts. NuDay Syria Website: . On Facebook: 

If you are interested in conducting a container drive in your community contact NuDay Syria and feel free to borrow from HHR's planning and execution manual  Pelham to Syria Winter Donations. For more on our story, read here: HHR/NuDay Syria Winter Donations Drive.

Needs List

The United States has an aid system in need of aid! Our current institutions can't keep up with the rapidly increasing demand for people displaced by conflict and climate change.  NeedsList addresses the need for innovation in the humanitarian sector with a marketplace connecting local NGOs with individual and corporate donors.  NGOs in the field can list itemized needs for goods, services, or donations in real time.  Donors can immediately meet needs by purchasing directly from local suppliers on NeedsList, donating funds, and completing tasks. Contact: Natasha Friedus@needslist4good, +33 6 68 87 47 06, 

+1 (206) 201-2688. Skype: tashafr, Read about NeedsList in  Forbes and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Meet this week's urgent needs here. 

One World, One Love

Save the Syrian Children
Save the Syrian Children has the simple mission of saving as many women and children trapped by the war. They do this by sending life-saving medical aid to the hardest hit areas of the conflict. Partnering with a vetted network of doctors on the ground, Save the Syrian Children compiles lists of needs and fulfills these by going directly to factories and manufacturers in China. IIn-kind donations are also accepted from the United States. By carving a safe corridor into Syria, goods arrive in the hands of doctors in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo (Northern Syria) and in Quneitra and Daraa (Southern Syria). 
Since the first shipment left the port of Shanghai in March 2017, Save the Syrian Children has delivered over 1 million units of medical supplies, totaling over $29 million dollars. Save the Syrian Children is run by volunteers only with zero overhead costs.

The Alien Chronicles  

Saadia Khan's podcast interviews with Refugees are both heartwarming and revealing.

Ashlee Newcome documents the personal stories of hope, courage and resiliency of the Vietnamese diaspora. These are stories about families, refugee experiences and losses and separations post-Vietnam War. 

Welcome Home
Welcome Home is a volunteer group in Jersey City, NJ that partners with their local resettlement agency,  Church World Service to support arriving refugees.  If you live in the area and have time or donations to offer, contact Welcome Home or go to Church World Service

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller