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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearts and Homes for Refugees, Pelham (founder & coordinator)
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
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)
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
Greater NYC Families for Syria
Interfaith Committee for Refugee Resettlement, Rye
Christ's Church, Rye Presbyterian and Rye Community Synagogue
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
Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale
White Plains-Scarsdale Refugee Resettlement Group
Congregation Kol Ami, Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-el
WRI Partners and Supporters
For information about participating in WRI, email: email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://www.nudaysyria.net/home.html . On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NudaySyria/
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.
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,
Save the Syrian Children
Saadia Khan's podcast interviews with Refugees are both heartwarming and revealing.
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“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”