We at the Berkshire Immigrant Center believe strongly in the power of welcoming; that it makes communities stronger and more prosperous for all. That is why we support the possible resettlement of new refugees in the Berkshires. At the center we serve many people from around the world who are seeking refuge in the US, but many do not have a refugee status. Nonetheless helping the most vulnerable is at the core of what we do here and we cannot do it alone. There are many ways in which you can support our work. Please visit http://berkshireic.com/164-2/ or email email@example.com for more information.
America is a nation of values, founded on an idea—that all men and women are created equal. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people have rights no matter what they look like or where they come from. So how we treat refugees reflects our commitment to the values that define us as Americans. We believe that families should stick together, that we should look out for each other, and that hard work should be rewarded. We feel that it’s not just about what you look like or where you were born that makes you American—it’s how you live your life and what you do that defines you here in this country.
Refugees that come here embody these American values. They have defied all odds to leave behind discrimination, threats and even violence. Bringing your family here to build a better, safer life, is a quintessentially American thing to do. We hope you will welcome them, and all our new neighbors from around the world, with open arms. Our shared prosperity depends on it.
The agency who would be resettling refugees in 2016/2017 is the Jewish Family Services of Western MA and at this point, other than lending our voice, support for this idea and credibility, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is not directly involved. Eventually when refugees have gone through the year of support and programs that JFS of WM will be funded to provide them, we can start assisting them with immigration legal services, but for now all inquiries about this process and offers to help should be run through the JFS of WM. Thank you so much for your interest and support of this very important program.
Questions? Contact Daisy Kabochi, firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.455.1936 x107 or New Americans Program Coordinator Deirdre Griffin email@example.com