Help Us Welcome Refugees in Danbury/Bethel, Connecticut
Organized by: James Naddeo
James Naddeo via Crowdrise
January 13, 2016
The worldwide refugee crisis has displaced a record 60 million people from their homes, the most since World War II. In September, 2015 community members of the Greater Danbury, CT area set in motion a plan to get involved in the resettlement of those affected by war or persecution.
With the help and guidance of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) [www.iris-ct.org], our group is now undertaking the challenge of co-sponsoring a refugee family in our area, and helping to acclimate and acculturate them in a new country and culture.
Our first family arrived from Syria in March, 2016. You can read about their story in a recent (July, 2016) article from the Danbury News-Times.
We will continue to ask our supporters to give generously as we continue to build our organization for the future, and the ongoing work involved in co-sponsoring refugee families in our area.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting our campaign.
As of April 2016, our group, now known as Danbury Area Refugee Assistance, Inc. (DARA) is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, registered with the United States Government. All donations made by persons online or by mail are tax deductible.
Other resources and reading about the refugee crisis, and our group:
More about the organization arranging our co-sponsorship efforts: Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
Background on the process of becoming a refugee: The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
More information About The Refugee Process
An article from Bethel Connecticut's Patch.com discussing Gov. Dannel Malloy's efforts to continue to welcome Syrian refugees in which DARA President and co-founder, James Naddeo, was quoted.
An op-ed written by DARA President by James Naddeo, which appeared in the Danbury News-Times, thanking the community -- and supporters across the country -- for their generosity and kindness.