Immigrants and Migrant Workers in New York face all kinds of challenges related to cultural and language barriers as well as poor living conditions. We support programs that serve this population by accomplishing the following types of initiatives:
Jericho Road Community Health Center’s Vive Shelter is the largest asylee shelter in the United States. Since its founding in 1984, Vive has served over 100,000 asylum seekers from more than 100 countries. Historically, 65% of Vive clients are single mothers and their children.
Throughout its 35-year history, Vive’s primary mission has been to assist asylum seekers en route to Canada. Until recently, most residents typically remained at Vive for up to a few weeks, depending on wait times at the border. Since Jericho Road acquired Vive in 2015, the shelter has increasingly been providing long-term support for residents who wish to seek asylum in the United States.
“Vive was not built with the expectation of housing long-term residents,” explains Dr. Anna Ireland Mongo, chief program officer for Jericho Road. “As we are receiving more and more people who wish to claim U.S. asylum and stay in Buffalo, we are having to adjust our staffing patterns, our building usage, and our internal procedures. All of this puts a strain on our limited resources, and we are incredibly grateful that the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is providing operational support to help us meet these new, emerging needs.”
Providing child advocates to help unaccompanied minors.
Supporting Vive Shelter, which provinces shelter, food, and legal services for asylum seekers in Buffalo.
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