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November 2020

Hearts & Homes for Refugees Receives Grant from Hello Neighbor and USA for UNHCR

Hearts & Homes for Refugees (www.heartsandhomesforrefugees.org) has announced that it is one of only seven grassroots organizations nationwide to receive a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund regrant from Hello Neighbor (www.helloneighbor.io) made available from the USA for UNHCR (www.unrefugees.org). This grant was made possible through the Hello Neighbor Network, a national cohort of refugee-serving nonprofits. The funds will be used to support Hearts & Homes for Refugees’ upcoming Winter Coat and Boot Drive, as well as bolster ongoing education programming, and Hearts & Homes for Refugees’ COVID-19 direct emergency assistance.


“Hearts & Homes for Refugees’ mission is to promote the role of community sponsors and grassroots organizations in reimagining refugee resettlement for a more robust program and a more welcoming nation,” said Kathie O’Callaghan, founder of Hearts & Homes for Refugees. O’Callaghan continued, “The regrant from Hello Neighbor, in addition to other recent funding opportunities, offers critical support to the most vulnerable populations and are encouraging signs to grassroots organizations like ours that refugee welcoming  and advocacy efforts are becoming increasingly recognized and valuable, especially during COVID-19..”


On Saturday, October 3rd, Hearts & Homes for Refugees partnered with fellow Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI) member Neighbors for Refugees and hosted their third annual Winter Coat & Boot Drive at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 Fountain Square, Larchmont.


Donors were asked to bring clean winter coats and boots in good condition and/or Target or Burlington Coat Factory gift cards to the drive. The donations will be distributed to refugee and asylum families in Westchester and the tri-state area.

Hearts & Homes for Refugees is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, refugee-serving organization in Westchester County.  They partner with U.S. State Department-designated agencies to resettle refugees. With an ever expanding network of passionate and committed volunteers and supporters — including families, neighbors, students, community organizations and educational institutions – they are able to assist and advocate for refugees. They inspire and equip people of goodwill from all faith and civic groups to create welcoming programs and more inclusive communities through the Westchester Refugee Initiative.