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HHR Programs & Activities in 2018

Convene, educate, gather support and advocate for refugees.

During this time of fierce debate about immigration policy, refugee bans and subsequent legal action, the US resettlement program is being dismantled is currently on pace to welcome the fewest refugees in its history. Our doors are closed to those needing refuge.  Consequently, the opportunities for welcoming refugees through co-sponsorship are very few. 

The challenge before us is to keep the grassroots welcoming movement alive and to OUTLAST the current administration’s intentions to dismantle the US refugee program.   

We believe that a strong coalition engaged in education, awareness building, advocacy and refugee support is an answer to that challenge.

Westchester Refugee Initiative

Realizing that our voices are louder and actions stronger when we work together, HHR created The Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI) a collaboration of and resource for the refugee resettlement and support movement that has taken root in communities in and around Westchester County over the past two years. 

OUR VISION

We envision a Westchester County that offers tolerance, respect, and support for those who have been forced to flee their homes. 

OUR GOAL

To share our collective knowledge, resources, expertise, and opportunities, to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and to advocate for their continued acceptance and protection.  Expand the network with new supporters inspired and encouraged by the vision and opportunities to support these vulnerable individuals and families we aim to help.

HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH THIS?

With your help.  Plains and simple.  This is a volunteer-driven network of roughly 2,000+ individuals who are part of their communities, faith, and civic groups.  

The Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI) is a collection of programs and activities that create opportunities to support refugees in their integration and assimilation as new Americans. Mobilizing and expanding the power and reach of the existing volunteer network will enable continued growth of the grassroots welcoming movement.

The Westchester Refugee Initiative represents non-profit organizations, faith communities, student and community groups, and committed individuals dedicated to working together to advocate for just refugee and asylum policies, educate neighbors and communities, and serve refugee and asylee populations across the county. By bringing together a diverse coalition we can have more impact.

See this growing list of Supporters of Refugees.

Will you join us?

Send us an email: WRI@heartsandhomesforrefugees.org with questions and to be on our mailing list.

Join Hearts and Homes for Refugees Facebook page

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Our voices are louder and actions stronger when we work together.

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

Helen Keller