Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance and Community Engagement

We are working towards resettling refugee families and assisting those forcibly displaced in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Towards this end, we initiated the formation of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance and started several projects to engage with the local community.

Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance (MHRSA)

The Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance is a unique alliance of local faith-based organizations, institutions of higher learning, social services agencies, NGOs and local interfaith councils. The alliance is committed to working towards making our community a welcoming and safe place for those who are forcibly displaced.

  • Vassar Refugee Solidarity and MHRSA have worked closely with Church World Services (a refugee resettlement agency) to convince the U.S. State Department to open a resettlement office in Poughkeepsie.
  • This application was approved in October 2016, and we welcomed a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Mid-Hudson Valley in early February, 2017.
  • Since the new administration’s shift in limiting the arrival of refugees, we have focused our energies on working with those forcibly displaced in our local community, reaching out to Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and assisting refugee families in Albany.
  • Vassar students took leadership in collecting, storing and distributing furniture, household goods and other items for arriving refugee families and families with similar needs in the local community. 
  • For more information on the alliance or how you can get involved in these efforts, please visit the MHRSA website

Community Engagement

Vassar Refugee Solidarity is working with Lisa Kaul in the newly created Office of Community Engaged-Learning at Vassar and our local partners to institute projects that engage Vassar students with forcibly displaced individuals in the local community.

Our Stories, Our Selves

  • This project collects oral histories from members of the Mid-Hudson Valley community in an effort to highlight that most have come from elsewhere to make this community their own. We will be reaching out to high schools and senior citizen homes to expand this collection.

Know Your Rights Campaign

  • We are in touch with the Legal Clinic at Catholic Charities to provide students training to qualify them for their work with local migrant groups.

Income tax support 

  • Students will be trained to assist individuals with such need to file their income taxes.