Welcoming refugees to our community, one family at a time
Founded in October 2021, Ossining for Refugees is an official Community Sponsorship organization, bringing together neighbors, houses of worship, community organizations and key service providers in Ossining, Briarcliff, Pleasantville, and Croton, with the shared mission of welcoming and integrating federally-sponsored refugees into our community.
A Home Called Nebraska is a heartwarming documentary of welcome and acceptance in Nebraska, which has resettled more refugees per capita than any other state. Stay after the screening to hear from Andrea Garbarini and filmmakers Beth and George Gage, as well as Carola Otero Bracco and Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq., from Neighbors Link and Ted Buerger and Dana Levenberg from Ossining for Refugees.
Free. 7:00 PM on Thursday, Feb 17, 2022. Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY
Ossining for Refugees began when Ossining resident Sofia Bator learned that her cousin, whom we call F to protect her identity, was trapped in Afghanistan and in danger of being imprisoned or killed by the Taliban. With the help of local and national leaders including Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, US Congressman Mondaire Jones and US Senator Chuck Schumer, F was rescued from Kabul by US Marines in late August. Inspired by Sofia’s determination and F‘s rescue, Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg invited local friends and neighbors to come together to assist F and others, welcoming them to our community. The community responded and organized, and Ossining for Refugees was born.
Ossining for Refugees works in partnership with federally-sponsored resettlement agencies including HIAS and Catholic Charities as well as diverse local organizations to provide refugees and their immediate families with necessities including housing, furniture, clothing, and employment assistance. We also connect them with medical care, schools, ESL classes, and temporary government services like SNAP.
From day one and over the next three to six months, we help our new neighbors navigate the challenges and opportunities of their new home – in the belief that they will, in turn, enrich our own community.
We invite you to join our network of volunteers and service providers to support our newest neighbors and help them make a successful transition to a new country with unfamiliar food, customs and language.