Meeting to address helping refugee family
Published 9:40 pm, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
In response to the global refugee crisis, a collaborative group of interfaith communities in New Milford are committed to resettling refugees.
The group has applied to sponsor a refugee family in town, in partnership with Integrated Immigration and Refugee Services, a nonprofit agency that has been resettling refugees in Connecticut for over 30 years.
NMRR will hold an informational session for the public Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church hall on Whittlesey Avenue.
According to IRIS, there are 19 million refugees in the world today, the largest number since World War II.
The U.S. government is inviting 85,000 of those refugees to become Americans in 2016; the number will increase to 100,000 in 2017.
Governor Dannel Malloy has supported the legal immigration in Connecticut.
The refugees will arrive legally, fully vetted, fully documented and with many skills, but most likely without English or money.
As an IRIS co-sponsor, the NMRR will help the family secure affordable housing, find jobs, access language training, along with education, health and social services systems.