All donations earmarked for the Refugee Resettlement program will be used to help arriving refugee families successfully rebuild their lives in Northampton, Amherst, and Easthampton. All donations are tax-deductible.
Financial donations can be made to:
Catholic Charities Agency
att: Welcoming Refugees Resettlement Project
65 Elliot Street
Springfield, MA 01105
You can also donate online!
We have helped ten refugee families (fifty-four individuals) resettle in Northampton and Amherst in the past two years. Six more individuals are arriving soon, and we are hoping for an additional fifty in 2019. Northampton and Amherst have proven be supportive and safe communities where refugee families can rebuild their lives. The single biggest challenge to welcoming refugee families to these areas, and allowing them to stay, is housing.
If we as a community can make Northampton and Amherst rents as affordable as rents in Springfield, the families that we have welcomed here, and others who haven’t arrived yet, can continue living here. If not, they might have to move. To help keep them here, we must raise $50,000 a year which will provide rental assistance for each family for up to three years. This will provide time to learn English and gain skills for jobs that will support them and their families.
Catholic Charities has agreed to help refugees rebuild their lives in Hampshire County communities. This can only happen if there is access to affordable housing. Please consider making a monthly pledge (preferred) or one time donation to the Welcome Home Refugee Resettlement Program. All money donated here will be used to help newly arrived families pay their rent until they are able to pay the full amount on their own, up to three years. Please spread the word to anyone who is interested in making Northampton and Amherst the welcoming cities for refugees that we know that they can be. Thank you!
Dollars Raised for Housing