Welcome the Stranger: Help our Refugee and Immigrant Neighbors!

IMAGINE leaving everything behind—family, friends, profession, school, community, language, culture, geography—and starting over from scratch.

That’s exactly what so many newcomers to our community have had to do to escape violence and war in the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Africa.

Safe at last, they have made great strides in learning English, securing jobs and housing and graduating from school and vocational training. And the Cape Ann community has been incredibly generous providing clothing, furniture, toys, transportation and friendship.

Did you know that Wellspring House provides concrete, hands-on help to troubleshoot and resolve problems for new immigrants arriving on Cape Ann? To accomplish this, we are asking for donations to fund existing and future services provided within our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program:

With a current fundraising goal of $15,000 – $20,000, donations will support a combination of the following:

  1. Part-time staff to connect newly arriving immigrants to educational, housing, financial and legal resources in order to resolve a host of issues they face. This staff is based at Wellspring’s English Language Learning Center at the Sawyer Free Library. (Existing service)
  2. Access to Language Interpreting Services: On-demand telephone interpreting services for non-English speakers. (Existing service)
  3. Mini-Grants: One-time, discrete financial assistance to achieve a specific goal such as covering some of the up-front costs to secure stable housing, textbooks for a vocational training program, or car insurance to allow someone to accept a better job. (Future service)

Here’s how you can help:

WITH YOUR HELP, we can strengthen the fabric of our community and honor the waves of immigrants who have built Cape Ann.

TOGETHER, we can make change that lasts for generations.

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