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Helping Refugees
Start New Lives

Westchester Resettlement Coalition (WRC) welcomes refugees
to Westchester County, providing them with the support they need
to start new lives and work toward becoming self-sufficient.

WRC acts as both a financial and emotional safety net for new refugees, helping families and individuals:

  • Find and pay for housing

  • Learn to speak English

  • Find jobs

  • Manage health care issues

A joint initiative of six Westchester synagogues, WRC draws on the Jewish community’s collective history to provide the kind of help our ancestors received – or would have liked to receive – when they first arrived in America. It is rooted in the Jewish tradition of “Tikkun Olam” – “repairing the world.”

Led and staffed solely by volunteers, WRC depends on donations and grants to do its work. The money it raises helps pay for newly arrived refugees’ food, rent, utilities and other basic needs during their first few months in the United States. At the same time, volunteers help them look for jobs, find tutors or courses to learn English, and navigate the other challenges that come with being strangers in a strange land.

Participating Synagogues
Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue (Hastings-On-Hudson) • Shaarei Tivkah (Scarsdale)
Bet Am Shalom Synagogue (White Plains) • Woodlands Community Temple (White Plains)
Sinai Free Synagogue (Mount Vernon) • Congregation B’nai Yisrael (Armonk)

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