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Who We Are

Refugees and immigrants bravely leave behind everything to seek safety, a life free from fear, and the chance for a new start. Neighbors for Refugees is a 501(c)(3) Westchester non-profit and resettlement organization. We are a non-political, grassroots humanitarian group located in Westchester County, NY, organized to welcome Westchester refugees and other new Americans, both here in our state and elsewhere.

As volunteers, we come alongside our new neighbors to empower them throughout their first year of transition as they reach self-sufficiency. We provide services such as setting up an apartment before their arrival, orienting them to their new community, getting children in school and adults into ESL classes, assisting in locating jobs or building a business, and supporting them in navigating a new culture and language.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision

We envision Westchester as a place where new Americans may fully participate in our community, where families receive the resources needed to become self-supporting and thrive in a safe, welcoming environment.

Our Mission

We advocate for the rights of refugees everywhere and work directly with refugee families to provide them with the necessary services, resources, and community support to bolster their resilience, achieve self-sufficiency and thrive in their new homes. 
Board Members

Board Members

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Rick Berry, Vice President & Director
Pam Bolton, Director
Ellen Dupuy d’Angeac, Director
Mark Girvin, Treasurer & Director
Ruth Gyure, Director
Jane Klein, Director
Robert Klein, Director

Marc Morgenstern, Director

Frank Pierson, Vice President & Director
Michael Reichgott, President & Director
Arshad Shariff, Director
Elaine Wanderer, Secretary & Director
Jmel Wilson, Vice President & Director

Our Story

Our Story

It all began at a kitchen table...

In November 2016, eight women gathered around a kitchen table of a Syrian American family in Larchmont, New York. We came from different faith traditions, different national origins, and a mix of backgrounds and experiences. We had one focus: to find a way to begin welcoming refugee families to our communities. Within two months, our group had grown to over 200 volunteers and we were approved by two resettlement agencies, HIAS and Catholic Charities, to begin welcoming refugees. In early March, our first refugee arrived - a young man from Pakistan.

As of September 22, 2023, we have provided comprehensive resettlement services to 18 families, 14 of which are in Westchester County.  We have provided rental support, household furnishings and clothing for hundreds of families in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Our Partners

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Queer Detainee Empowerment Project logo
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Community Resource Center logo
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Financial Reports

Annual Reports

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