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Hearts And Homes For Refugees

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, International, International Migration & Refugee Issues

Mission: Hearts and Homes for Refugees (HHR) is a non-profit grassroots humanitarian group in Westchester County, New York. Our mission is to support those U.S. Department of State approved agencies that welcome, protect and advocate for refugees in our communities. We are a growing network of volunteers — families and neighbors, community organizations, and people of goodwill from all faith and civic groups. We offer our talents, time, and expertise to identify and utilize resources that will offer hope and help to refugees, in keeping with the time-honored American practice of welcoming newcomers. We hope to inspire, educate and motivate others to do the same.

Results: Hearts and Homes for Refugees co-sponsored a refugee family from Syria, providing 18 months of support and mentoring as they adjusted to life in the U.S. Hearts and Homes spearheaded the Westchester Refugee Initiative, which brings together like-minded groups and individuals from across Westchester County to support and advocate for refugees. Hearts and Homes also coordinates short-term support of refugees in need, through its Helping Hands program and annual drives.

Target demographics: refugees, asylees and SIVs

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 refugees, plus coordinated an advocacy campaign and various events through the year to raise awareness about refugees.

Geographic areas served: Westchester County and surrounding areas

Programs: direct support, advocacy and awareness-raising.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Compassionate leadership, paired with caring volunteers - working to make a difference in the lives of refugees. President, Kathie O’Callaghan, started this organization out of sheer will, love and devotion. In a time when refugees are being turned away in droves, Hearts And Homes is a beacon of light and hope for those wishing for a better way of life and future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Hearts and Homes for Refugees for three years and during this time I have been very impressed with the comprehensive and excellent outreach they perform for the resettlement of refugee families. In addition to supplying numerous services, such as housing, transport, educational assistance, legal advice and access to medical care, they also do advocacy on behalf of refugee policy at local and national levels, and also send out a monthly newsletter that keeps us all informed of many actions and events taking place throughout Westchester County and even in New York City.

Elise D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization that has such an impressive mission. They are doing such important work in the community, and I feel so grateful to be apart of it as a new intern. So glad to know this is happening within our community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The first organization in Westchester County NY to host a refugee family in the area, HHR has lead the way in offering practical and loving support to people who have been granted humanitarian relief by the US gov't, including asylees, refugees and other people of documented status. Led by Kathy O'Callaghan, HHR has also helped support more local efforts in communities across the county, lending expertise to other groups seeking to advocate for and support these new American families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does extraordinary things for refugees here in Westchester County. I offered to help in a small way by collecting items for a family and was overwhelmed by the rush of support and good will from everyone in the organization, who were happy to help me in helping this family. I believe the strong network of volunteers at every level of participation within Hearts and Homes for Refugees is key to their success. Most importantly, they provide a lifeline to those who are searching for a better life, at a time when so many others have turned a blind eye.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Through its compassionate work, Hearts and Homes for Refugees continues to prove that co-sponsorship is impactful in the long-term resettlement of refugees to provide newcomers to Westchester with a safe, healthy, rewarding place to live.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts and Homes is an amazing organization- bringing together a variety of congregations and other civic organizations all with the mission of welcoming new Americans into our county and supporting them as needed. In addition HHR works to educate and advocate. The founder and CEO is a woman of vision and dedication.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for Hearts & Homes for Refugees nearly 2 years ago and have continually stepped up my involvement because the leadership of the organization continually inspire and impress me! Kathie O'Callaghan, Amy Robertson and others are tireless in their commitment to help refugees and asylees settle in Westchester, and to advocating for humanitarian treatment of all who seek refuge here -- in short to return the US to that of a welcoming country. I am proud to be associated with this organization and their exemplary, creative and effective programs on behalf of those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts and Homes for Refugees has taken initiative to make many more people across Westchester County aware of the challenges facing refugees and has creatively developed productive paths for volunteers with a range of backgrounds and skills to contribute productively to help refugee individuals and families to become familiar with their new communities and to live independently.

1 Joan M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hearts and Homes for Refugees (HHR) since its early phases. What attracted me from the beginning was the direct nature of its structure in response to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. HHR has a clear mission - to support refugees in their resettlement process, and, to continue to provide the programs and services needed once they are here. Its work is supported by a large, organized, passionate and committed volunteer force and their financial contributions, who have decided to dedicate their time, energy and money to this challenging endeavor - based on the current political climate.

HHR has already settled one Syrian family in lower Westchester, and has decided to continue to provide services to refugees/migrants and SIVs who are living in the area and continue to need a helping hand. HHR has brought many small volunteer and like-minded groups together under one umbrella, to form The Westchester Refugee Initiative, for greater county-wide impact.

HHR is a role model volunteer-driven not-for profit organization that can be adopted across the country, to help unify concerned and committed citizens who want to take action in support of the many refugees who deserve and need our support.

I am proud to be a board member and a part of this great effort founded and run by Kathie O'Callaghan.

Joan F. Morgan