We are a coalition of concerned organizations and individuals who work and/or live in Northampton working in partnership with Catholic Charities Agency, who is the Department of State contracted Reception and Placement agency, to translate our City’s expressed intention to welcome refugees into a plan.

All refugees are resettled via agencies that are authorized and equipped to assist refugees in creating and adjusting to their new lives. Catholic Charities will be the responsible resettlement and placement agency for the incoming 51 refugees, officially acting as their caseworkers. This means locating and approving housing situations, helping gain access to benefits, and identifying employment opportunities, among other services. It is our goal to create sustained support for refugees in addition to services provided by Catholic Charities as they rebuild their lives here in the face of unimaginable trauma and emotional upheaval.

Prominent community members involved in this effort include:

Jim Ayres, Executive Director, United Way of Hampshire County
Reverend Andrea Ayvazian, Senior Pastor, Haydenville Congregational Church
Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, Director, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Hampshire County
Kathryn Buckely-Brawner, Executive Director, Catholic Charities
Reverend Janet C. Bush, Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence
Denys Candy, Director, Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Smith College
Susannah Crolius, Coordinator of Outreach, Office of Immigration, Migration, and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities
Patricia Crosby, Executive Director, Franklin-Hampshire Regional Employment Board
Caroline Gear, Executive Director, International Language Institute of MA
Yamila Irizarry-Gerould, Community Member
Peg Keller, CDBG Director, City of Northampton
Alisa Klein, Northampton City Councilor
Laurie Millman, Executive Director, Center for New Americans
John Provost, Superintendent, Northampton Schools
Cynthia Monahon, Psychiatrist