refugees http://wrvo.org en Small group protests possibility of housing Central American immigrants in Syraucse http://wrvo.org/post/small-group-protests-possibility-housing-central-american-immigrants-syraucse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some central New Yorkers opposed to the idea of housing immigrant children who are waiting to be deported in Syracuse are protesting.</span></p><p>A dozen or so protesters carried signs that said things like, “Honk if you support legal borders” in front of the Sisters of Saint Francis property on Syracuse’s Northside during rush hour Wednesday evening.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:53:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59006 at http://wrvo.org Small group protests possibility of housing Central American immigrants in Syraucse Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee http://wrvo.org/post/autograph-book-reconnects-oswego-resident-holocaust-refugee <p></p><p>Oswego's <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees">Safe Haven Museum is marking 70 years</a> since Fort Ontario served as a camp for Jewish refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. To celebrate the event, one Oswego resident who lived near the fort at the time talked about what it was like and tells the story of her long-lost friendship with one refugee.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57656 at http://wrvo.org Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee Health care changes a constant culture challenge for refugees http://wrvo.org/post/health-care-changes-constant-culture-challenge-refugees <p>It's World Refugee Day around the globe and their numbers are only rising.</p><p>There are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-27921938" target="_blank">now 50 million refugees worldwide</a>, according to new numbers from the United Nations, the most since World War II.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Beth Adams 57660 at http://wrvo.org Health care changes a constant culture challenge for refugees Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees <p></p><p>Beginning Thursday, the <a href="http://www.safehavenmuseum.com/">Safe Haven Museum in Oswego</a> is celebrating the 70th anniversary of when 982 Jewish refugees were first housed at Fort Ontario.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:57:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57435 at http://wrvo.org Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees Learning center teaches English to students from 20 countries http://wrvo.org/post/learning-center-teaches-english-students-20-countries <p>The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board approved the removal of six wooden and concrete crosses on the outside of Holy Trinity Church which is being renovated into a mosque. But the controversy overshadowed the mission of the North Side Learning Center, which bought the Syracuse property.</p><p>"Salam alaikum everyone! Oh, the classroom is getting packed now!”exclaimed Abdulilah Al-Dubai, one of the founders of the North Side Learning Center. The center has eight classes that teach English to 150 students, who range from age four to 80 and come from more than 20 countries.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:41:08 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 56344 at http://wrvo.org Learning center teaches English to students from 20 countries Fear comes true as 'Lost Boy's' South Sudan clinic destroyed http://wrvo.org/post/fear-comes-true-lost-boys-south-sudan-clinic-destroyed <p></p><p>The medical clinic in South Sudan set up by a former “Lost Boy” refugee now living in Syracuse has finally succumbed to new fighting in the country.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:33:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52873 at http://wrvo.org Fear comes true as 'Lost Boy's' South Sudan clinic destroyed 'Senseless war' threatens former Lost Boy's work in South Sudan http://wrvo.org/post/senseless-war-threatens-former-lost-boys-work-south-sudan <p>A decade ago, central New York welcomed a group of refugees from Sudan known as The Lost Boys. Their story is famous for the long journey they made to flee decades of civil war.</p><p>Now they’re watching a new wave of violence in their homeland from afar.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:15:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50349 at http://wrvo.org 'Senseless war' threatens former Lost Boy's work in South Sudan Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs http://wrvo.org/post/unique-challenges-refugees-becoming-entrepreneurs <p><em>The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy. You can <a href="innovationtrail.org/topic/refugees-weaving-upstate-nys-changing-economy" target="_blank">find more from the series here</a>.</em></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:52:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47535 at http://wrvo.org Unique challenges for refugees becoming entrepreneurs Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-changing-face-already-diverse-syracuse-northside <p><em>The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how the thousands of refugees coming to upstate New York are weaving their way into the region's economy.</em></p><p>Turnout may be low this night because of first snow, Nicole Watts tells those gathered in her entryway. Even as she tries to explain this, there's a near steady knock on the front door.</p><p>Every Tuesday evening, this home at 129 Lilac Street on Syracuse's Northside turns into a community center.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:29:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47465 at http://wrvo.org Refugees changing the face of an already diverse Syracuse Northside Refugees stepping into gap in health care services http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-stepping-gap-health-care-services <p><em>The Innovation Trail is looking at how refugees have weaved their way into upstate New York's changing economy.</em></p><p>On a recent fall day, community health nurse Sarah Miner is welcomed warmly into the home of Somali refugee Abdalla. Miner works with <a href="http://www.hcrhealth.com/" target="_blank">HCR Home Care</a> in Rochester and she’s been visiting Abdalla and his family for a while now.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:35:06 +0000 Kate O'Connell 47420 at http://wrvo.org Refugees stepping into gap in health care services Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo http://wrvo.org/post/refugees-revitalize-rust-belt-city-buffalo <p></p><p><em>Upstate New York cities take in around 90 percent of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.</em></p><p>In Buffalo, a handful of students from countries all over the world are sitting in a class at <a href="http://jersbuffalo.org/">Journey’s End Refugee Services. </a>They are learning how to become janitors for local businesses. The group nods as a student explains an assignment to them.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:35:45 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 47373 at http://wrvo.org Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica http://wrvo.org/post/refugee-communities-pump-new-energy-post-industrial-utica <p></p><p><em>Since 2004, upstate New York has taken 90 percent of all refugee resettlements in the state.</em> <em>This is the first part of the Innovation Trail reporting series looking at how upstate New York's refugee population is influencing the region's economy.</em></p><p>Utica has long seen itself as a city of immigrants. The arrival of Italians, Germans and Irish drove the city’s population to peak at around 100,000. During the mid 1970s<em> </em>in the wake of major changes to the city's industrial base and dwindling employment opportunities, the population fell by nearly half.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:13:39 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47315 at http://wrvo.org Refugee communities pump new energy into post-industrial Utica Greg Tripoli and Jai Subedi on The Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/greg-tripoli-and-jai-subedi-campbell-conversations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Syracuse is one of the nation's destination cities for refugee immigrants. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 40272 at http://wrvo.org Computer programs help refugees resettle http://wrvo.org/post/computer-programs-help-refugees-resettle <p>A new community resource room, filled with 18 computers, is up and running as part of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program in Syracuse.&nbsp; Much of it involves literacy, key for refugees as they take steps to become a citizens of the United State.<br><br>Arnie Poltenson from Manlius is helping teach English to a refugee with limited knowledge of the English language, who has come to the new community resource room at the Catholic Youth Organization building on Syracuse's Northside.&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 29 May 2013 13:13:44 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38614 at http://wrvo.org Computer programs help refugees resettle Centralized information might help newly arrived refugees http://wrvo.org/post/centralized-information-might-help-newly-arrived-refugees <p>A new study finds that agencies in central New York do a good job of taking care of the 700-800 refugees who come to Syracuse every year. One community group is suggesting creating a one-stop shop for these newly-arrived residents.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:51:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38514 at http://wrvo.org Centralized information might help newly arrived refugees The Brackett Refugee Education Fund on The Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/brackett-refugee-education-fund-campbell-conversations <p>In their so-called retirement, Tom and Liz Brackett founded and now run an education non-profit, the Brackett Refugee Education Fund. In this conversation, they relate the story of how they decided to start this, how they approach and structure the work of their organization, and what inspires them to keep up the effort.</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 23:56:10 +0000 Grant Reeher 16107 at http://wrvo.org