A long road to get here
A support team to meet them
Self-sufficiency is the goal
This team was charged with investigating the various organizations that oversee the resettlement process to find out which ones might help us place a family in the Danvers area and to determine what support they might provide for the family and for us. Ray Tilton and Nancy Rexford have been leading this sub-committee and as of November 18, its work is essentially done. For a two-page Overview of the Resettlement Process, please click here.
For an overview of the agencies working with refugee resettlement at the federal, state and local levels, click here, and for a map showing the location of authorized affiliates across the United State, click here. This map in effect shows where refugees are being resettled, since at least at the beginning of their residence here they must live within the range of the sponsoring affiliate that provides case management and refers them to ESOL and other services.
For a list of "core services" provided to each refugee family by their sponsoring affiliate, see this checklist provided by Catholic Charities. which is one of the four sponsoring affiliates resettling families in Eastern Mass. The sponsoring affiliate may delegate some of those responsibilities to us as a cooperating faith-based community.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, a local sponsoring affiliate located in Framingham, has been planning a major project to resettle about a dozen Syrian families, though the Trump election has created uncertainty whether they will be allowed to carry it through. Read their useful two-page project description here.
For additional information about resettlement agencies, the vetting of refugees, and the resettlement process, see the Process/Agencies Resource Page.