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Waiting for Welcome via The New Journal

The Great Give Raises 3.69 Million via Philanthropy Digest


Refugee Shabbat at Congregation B’nai Jacob 2024 via Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven










Two Refugees Arrive via Yahoo News & The Oneonta Daily Star

Archives: January-June 2023

Connecticut Unites for Ukraine, via CT U4U

Connecticut reacts to U.S. Supreme Court upholding Title 42, via FOX 61

From Refugees to Citizenship: GOOD News for Syrian Family Resettled in Wilton, via Good Morning Wilton

Artist Interview Steven Lane, via Art Gallery At Eastern

Refugee Reader Brings Courage to Class, via New Haven Independent

As IRIS Grows its Footprint, Thousands Run for Refugees, via Greater New Haven Arts Council

A year after invasion, Ukrainian refugees unsure when they’ll go home, via USA Today

VIDEO: Lawmakers participate in rally with Ukrainian families, via WFSB

State Leaders Stand With Ukrainian Refugees One Year After War’s Start, via NBC Connecticut

The University Has Fulfilled Everything I Was Looking for in a Program, via University of New Haven

Word On Nicoll Street: Big Picture Comes In Focus, via New Haven Independent

Shelton Group to Host Syrian Refugee Family, via Shelton Herald

The Welcome Corps: A ‘Private’ Sponsorship Program for Refugees, via CIS

New national plan for refugee resettlement modeled on Connecticut’s experience, via CT Public Radio

Shelton organization welcomes refugee family from Syria, via WTNH

New Haven agency leads way in national refugee resettlement , via News 8

Refugee Orgs. Urge BIA To Set Aside Dual Citizen Policy, via Law360

Trivia-Iftar Raises The Roof For Refugee Resettlement via Greater New Haven Arts Council

IRIS Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitic Flyers In Hamden and New Haven

For Long Wharf Theatre “I Am: Muslim/American” Sparks A Conversation via Greater New Haven Arts Council

Twelve Organizations Join the Welcome Corps to Help Everyday Americans Sponsor Refugees via International Rescue Committee

World Relief to Expand Reach of Refugee Resettlement Services as a Welcome Corps Private Sponsorship Organization via World Relief

Op-ed: We Should Welcome, Support Immigrants via The Daily Star

“I Am: Muslim/ American” Sparks a Conversation via NH Arts

Immigrants Cut Short, Walk Out via NH Independent

Ann interviewed on The Real Story via Fox61

Op-ed: Let Immigrants Serve on City Boards via NH Independent

Women Do Not Turn Up Dead via NH Arts

“Bus” Pulls Into Mayoral Debate via NH Independent

Alders Block Non-Citizens From Boards for Now via NH Independent

Refugee Artists -New Home in Branford via NH Arts

Archives: 2022

Making a home away from war, via CT Mirror

Bookmobile Brings Joy to Refugee Readers, via Greater New Haven Arts Council

From Iraq To Dixwell Avenue, Refugee Artist Tells His Story, via Greater New Haven Arts Council

Big Y Supporting Saints on the Shoreline, via Zip06

Let’s Eat: Thanksgiving Across America, via ABC Audio

Ukraine student settles into life in North Haven classroom, via WTNH

Hartford Foundation to Provide $400,000 in Grants to Support Efforts to Dismantle Structural Racism, Achieve Equity in Social and Economic Mobility, via Connecticut by the Numbers

Valley Refugee Resettlement Project Readies For A Family, via New Haven Independent

Biden administration revamps visa process for Afghan refugees via WSHU

Religion briefs, Sept. 18, 2022 via New Haven Register

A Warm Welcome but a Tight Housing Market for Afghan Refugees to Connecticut via CT Examiner

Lawmakers, advocates support legislation to keep Afghan refugees in CT via WFSB

New federal proposal could help thousands of Afghan refugees obtain green cards via Connecticut Public

A year fleeing the Taliban, Afghan refugees find a home in Connecticut via WSHU

Blumenthal’s proposed bill aims to grant Afghan refugees opportunity for permanent status via FOX 61

Afghan, Ukrainian Evacuees Lack Path to Stay as Violence Rages via Bloomberg Law

Afghan Refugees Seek Pathway To Permanent Status via New Haven Independent

“I am so happy.” American style baby shower for expecting Afghan couple in Branford via CT Insider

More than 1,000 Connecticut residents step forward to resettle Ukrainian refugees. “It takes a group to do this well.” via Hartford Courant

CT-Based IRIS Resettles Record Number of Afghan Refugees via NBC Connecticut

Gateway Community College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Helps IRIS via The Patch

Experts: Government Needs to do More to Help Ukrainian Citizens Coming to the U.S. via CT News Junkie

From Afghanistan to Branford: Sadats Supported by Branford Refugee Resettlement Volunteers via Zip06

Dan Haar: The CT volunteer matching Ukraine refugees with sponsors via Zip06

Local refugee organizations resettle a historic number of Afghan refugees via Yale Daily News

At Iftar, Food & Memories Span Continents via Arts Council Greater New Haven

Local organizations ready as U.S. announces “streamlined” process to accept Ukrainian refugees via NewsTimes

Ukrainian refugees are arriving in Connecticut via NPR

This teen fled Afghanistan for Connecticut. Her family still needs help to escape via NPR

Congolese refugee from New Haven tells piece of her story in new Young Adult novel via Hartford Courant

1st Ukrainian Refugee Family Arrives via New Haven Independent

Afghan refugee family settles into New Milford with help from nonprofits: ‘We’re lucky to have them’ via CT Insider

A Miracle, Deconstructed’ via New Haven Independent

U.S. to accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, Connecticut would welcome some ‘with open arms’, governor says  via Hartford Courant

CT welcomes Afghan evacuees with open arms — and driver’s licenses via NPR

Connecticut welcomes hundreds of Afghan evacuees with open arms — and some with driver’s licenses via Hartford Courant

The Afghan evacuee crisis has helped Connecticut prepare to welcome Ukrainian refugees  via WSHU Public Radio

CT welcomes Afghan evacuees with open arms and driver’s licenses via CT Insider

Connecticut welcomes hundreds of Afghan evacuees with open arms — and some with driver’s licenses via Record Journal

Ukraine refugees not likely to come to U.S. soon, New Haven agency says  via The New Haven Register

Country School Raises $1600 for Refugees via The Patch

Southington organization prepares to help resettle refugee family via Record Journal

Response to crisis in Ukraine proves racism prevails, even in times of war  via  The CT Mirror

‘From Albanian to Zulu,’ Yale students interpret for those in need as volunteers via The Register Citizen

IRIS in New Haven preparing for Ukrainian refugees via Eyewitness 3

Yale students advise state officials on engaging marginalized communities in climate change resilience tactics  via Yale Daily News

Run For Refugees Braves The Snow via Arts Council Greater New Haven

More than 1,300 turn out for CT Run for Refugees; concern remains for Afghans seeking asylum, ‘they can’t go back to the Taliban’  via Hartford Courant

Sparked By Parable of the Sower, “One City: One Read” Gets Ready To Change New Haven  via New Haven Independent

Safe Harbor Southington is seeking help in relocating refugees from Afghanistan via The Bristol Press

E.O. Smith students address refugee crisis  via Yahoo News!

Refugees helping with workforce shortage in New Haven  via News 8 WTNH

Tapping Community Volunteers to Resettle Afghan Refugees  via Tufts Now

Clemente Helps Afghan Families Adjust  via New Haven Independent

New Program Provides COVID-19 Testing for People Fleeing Afghanistan and Other Refugees  via NBC Connecticut

A new COVID-19 clinic aims to provide free testing to Afghan evacuees in New Haven  via Yale News

For Some Afghan Refugees, Sewing Machines Provide Needed Sense of Normalcy  via Next City

Swamped With Afghan Refugees, U.S. Appeals to Decimated Resettlement Groups  via Newsweek

Connecticut Still Focused On Saving Afghan Allies  via CT News Junkie

Portland Refugee Resettlement Group preparing to aid Afghan family  via Fairfield Citizen

Coldwell Banker Contributes $1,000 to Branford Refugee Resettlement Project via Zip06

Free saliva COVID tests offered for Afghan refugees in New Haven via New Haven Register

Afghan refugees get COVID-19 testing in New Haven  via WSHU 

Archives: 2021 

Woog’s World: The ABCs of holiday giving  via Westport News 

Saints on the Shoreline Continue Refugee Resettlement Efforts  via Zip 06

Yale Muslim Students Association raises thousands of dollars for Afghan refugees  via Yale Daily News

‘They came with nothing:’ A community rallies to provide sewing machines to Afghan refugees  via Hartford Courant

‘Refugee families arrive with nothing’: Branford groups want to help  via CT Insider

Welcoming New American Families from Afghanistan via Yale School of Medicine

Acts of Valor: A Marine & His Translator via The Patch

Wesleyan Veterans Organization Supports Off-Campus Community with Share-the-Warmth Donation Drive  via The Wesleyan Argus

A princess’s plea sparks Milford club to aid Afghan refugees  via CT Post

Joy and worry at an Afghan refugee family’s Thanksgiving reunion via Fairfield Citizen

Supporting Afghan Evacuees: A Conversation with Chris George of IRIS via The Patch

Landlords wanted: As Afghan refugees arrive in CT, housing is an issue  via CT Mirror

How CT’s Shoreline is helping Afghan refugees resettle: ‘People were amazing’ via CT Insider

UConn Praxis’ Hunger and Homelessness Week campaign takes action via UConn Daily Campus

After fleeing their countries, these men are helping other refugees resettle in CT  via CT Insider

Woodbury group helps refugees start a new life in CT via The Register Citizen

BHS Music Makers ‘Sing Them Home’ Concert to Benefit CT Refugee Resettlement via Zip06

Resettlement Organizations Call for More Apartments as Refugees Arrive via NBC Connecticut

Middletown prepares to welcome refugee family from Afghanistan via The Middletown Press

Helping Refugees in Connecticut via Sree’s Global Show

State officials asking landlords to offer affordable housing for Afghan refugees in Connecticut via News 8 WTNH

IRIS, other resettlement organizations struggle to find safe homes for Afghan refugees via WFSB

Thousands of Afghan refugees fled their country following Taliban takeover; a look at how CT is welcoming them via News 8 WTNH

New Start Ministry Plans ‘Race Against Time’ To Raise $10,000 via NBC Today

Fundraiser held in Woodbridge for Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services via Bronx News 12

New Start Ministry Plans ‘Race Against Time’ To Raise $10,000s via The Patch (Woodbury-Middlebury)

White House makes massive change to resettlement program to help Afghan refugees via CBS 58 Milwaukee

US launches new program to allow private Americans to sponsor, resettle Afghan refugees via New England Public Radio

Setting A ‘Nicer’ Example Welcoming Afghan Refugees via The Newtown Bee

Western New England looks to welcome Afghan refugees (Interview with Chris George) via New England Public Radio

43 Connecticut Residents Still Stuck In Afghanistan via NBC Connecticut

As UConn students rally for ‘Peaceful Planet’, school declares racism a public health crisis via Hartford courant

They escaped terror in Syria to come to New Haven. Now the extended family is safe via New Haven Register

Afghan refugees likely to be housed in Norwalk via New Haven Register

Another 120 People Escape Afghanistan With Fairfield Man’s Help via The Patch

Conn. Groups Preparing to Welcome Afghan Refugees via NBC Connecticut

Connecticut churches offer potential model for resettling Afghan evacuees. via The Presbyterian Outlook via NBC Connecticut

Connecticut churches offer potential model for resettling Afghan evacuees via The Presbyterian Outlook

Resettling Afghan evacuees will be a mammoth job. Churches will be essential via The Washington Post

Music and Cookouts in a Tent City for Afghans Starting Life in the U.S. via The New York Times

Haitian migrants and refugees cross the Rio Grande – in pictures via The Guardian

Attorney General Tong Voices Concern Over Treatment of Haitian Refugees via Attorney General of Connecticut

US Envoy to Haiti Resigns Over ‘Inhumane’ Deportation of Migrants via NBC Connecticut

New London County readying homes for Afghan refugees via The Day

Trumbull and nearby towns team up to help Afghan families via CT Post

Women’s reproductive rights’ march Saturday in downtown Pawcatuck via The Day

U.S. expulsions of Haitians may violate international law – UN refugee boss via Reuters

Make Afghan refugees feel welcome in CT via New Haven Register

Resettling Afghan Refugees Is A Bipartisan Affair via CT News Junkie

Welcoming Afghan refugees feels like ‘what we’re called to do as Christians’ via Presbyterian Outlook

New Haven refugee, immigrant services agency to facilitate Afghan evacuees resettlement to Connecticut via NBC Connecticut

 Connecticut prepares for first wave of Afghan refugees to arrive next week via Fox 61

Connecticut officials create task force to help Afghan refugees moving to the state via News 12 Brooklyn

 New Haven refugee, immigrant services agency to facilitate Afghan evacuees resettlement to Connecticut via Fox 61

 States Learning How Many Afghan Evacuees Coming Their Way via NBC Connecticut

300+ Afghan refugees coming to Connecticut, Lamont says via Fairfield Citizen

Woog’s World: Westporters should reach out to Afghan refugees via New Canaan Advertiser

Wave Of Afghan Refugees Expected In Connecticut via WSHU

‘Immigrant Eyes’: Windows to the soul and doors to different perspectives via UConn Daily Campus

New Haven refugee agency leader: Clients stuck in Afghanistan ‘feel like hostages’ via New Haven Register

New Haven nonprofits prepare for influx of Afghan refugees via Yale Daily News

Afghan refugees are coming to Connecticut via WFSB

Local immigrant services group expects to welcome hundreds of Afghans over the next year’ via WFSB

300 Afghan Refugees Expected in Connecticut in Coming Months via US News & World Report

Sen. Blumenthal pushing Congress to get Americans, allies out of Afghanistan via News 8 WTNH

New Haven chef wants family out of Afghanistan; saying ‘there is no work, no food over there’ via New Haven Register

More than 1,000 refugees are expected in CT in next year. These people are helping them via New Haven Register

He was lucky to escape Afghanistan, but many of his relatives, friends and other Afghan allies were left behind… via CNN

Yale program treats refugees’ often dire health problems – and the mental traumas of their pasts via New Haven Register

New Haven non-profit IRIS helps refugees build new lives in CT via News 8 WTNH

Murphy and Blumenthal say U.S. must eliminate red tape to allow more Afghan refugees to enter the country via Hartford Courant

 U.S. to Provide Afghan Evacuees Aid of Up to $2,275 Each via Bloomberg

What’s Next For Afghans Resettling In The U.S. via NPR

The U.S. is providing up to $2,275 in aid for all Afghan evacuees via Fortune

 Refugee Resettlement Efforts Underway As Afghans Arrive in Connecticut via NPR

U.S. Tells Refugee Aid Groups to Get Ready for 50,000 Afghans via Bloomberg

St. John Bosco Parish teens beautified 3 Gather New Haven community gardens/farms… via The Patch

IRIS to present program on refugees at Whiton Branch Library via Hartford Courant

People With Ties to Connecticut Still Stranded in Afghanistan via NBC Connecticut

More than 100 Connecticut residents may be stranded in Afghanistan as U.S. races to evacuate thousands… via Hartford Courant

Agency head: More than 100 CT residents stuck in Afghanistan via Stamford Advocate

Goodwin University and the University of Bridgeport offer housing, education help to new arrivals… via Hartford Courant

Blumenthal, Murphy break with Biden over Afghanistan deadline via CT Mirror

U.S. tells refugee aid groups to get ready for 50,000 Afghans via Seattle Times

Resettled Afghan Frets For Trapped Family via New Haven Independent

Afghan Refugees Arrive In Connecticut As Resettlement Agency Calls For State Assistances via NPR

Ex-Afghan translator says he regrets voting for Biden via CNN

Connecticut Resettlement Organization Prepares For More Refugees via WSHU

Connecticut nonprofit preparing to resettle Afghan refugees who aided U.S. troops via Hartford Courant

New Haven’s IRIS helps refugees from Afghanistan via News 8 WTNH

On World Refugee Day, IRIS Centers Story via Greater New Haven Arts Council

How New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services supports families transitioning to the U.S. via Prism

New Haven agency: Hundreds of new refugees expected in CT, ‘it is a little staggering via New Haven Register

CT group readies for 700 Afghan families via WFSB

Connecticut resettlement agencies preparing to help as many as 1,000 refugees from Afghanistan… via Hartford Courant

White House Says Public Can Do More To Resettle Additional Refugees via Nashville Public Radio

As Afghan Refugees Arrive in U.S., Housing Becomes Key Issue via RisMedia

People in CT Hold Out Hope for Family, Friends Still in Afghanistan Following Airport Attacks via NBC Connecticut

 State, federal offices gear up for Afghan refugee resettlements via CT Insider

Sanctuary Kitchen Builds A Bridge To Afghanistan via Greater New Haven Arts Council

Connecticut mother and son witness Kabul casualties; seek way out of Afghanistan via New Haven Register

CT man escapes Afghanistan with help from 2 state residents via CT Post

‘Failure of American foreign policy of epic scale’ via The Day

Connecticut mother and son witness Kabul casualties; seek way out of Afghanistan via New Haven Register

New Haven Nonprofit Welcomes, Helps Resettle Afghan Refugees via The Patch

Connecticut’s Arab refugees worry about Trump’s re-election via The National News

This is now our country’: They fled Afghanistan, bringing via New Haven Register

A Family Of Afghan Refugees Finds Safety In Connecticut via WSHU

The United States is preparing to receive 50,000 Afghan refugees via Pen Media Inc

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