Ways to Love Recently Arrived Migrants
New York City (as a sanctuary city) has recently seen a significant influx of migrants from out of state. While buses continue to arrive at Port Authority, families are encountering challenges in finding housing, medical care, mental health services and basic need items. Even with these challenges, they have been encouraged by the support of the community in navigating these systems. To relieve some of these exhaustions, New Yorkers have been meeting them at the bus stops and welcoming them with information and emergency items. We hope to join them in welcoming the sojourner!
Join us in ushering God's shalom to recently arrived migrants in three easy ways we've shared below.
Learn About Available Resources
The above linked Resource and Referral Guide provides information on services available to recently arrived immigrants. This guide is intended for use by New York City agencies, schools, nonprofit organizations, and immigrants who may benefit from receiving information and referrals to City services and non-governmental resources that serve recently arrived immigrants.
Please feel free to share with your friends and family and invite them to join you in supporting our recently arrived immigrant neighbors.
If you are a newly arrived asylum seeker, you can get free and confidential help accessing services and resources that will help you integrate in New York City. You will need to schedule an appointment through NYC shelter staff or a community-based partner office.
At the appointment, you will have a fully confidential interview in your native language of preference with a trained case manager. The case manager will help identify your needs and connect you to the services, resources, and information you may need.
Information and service referrals include but are not limited to:
Healthcare services and referrals
Health insurance enrollment
Mental health counseling
Immigration legal services
IDNYC (Municipal Identification) enrollment
While information and some basic services are offered at the Center, services and resources will also be provided at service providers and community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Donate Goods or Financial Assistance
The Office of Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz
Assemblywoman Cruz and her team are working to help our city properly respond to the recent wave of asylum seekers & migrants making their way to NYC. Please drop off your donations of toiletries or new (or gently used) clothing at any of the locations listed during the times and dates indicated. Call our office at 718-458-5367 if you have any questions! Learn more about dates, times and items needed on their site HERE.
The Office of Senator Jessica Ramos
Senator Cruz and her team are working to help our city properly respond to the recent wave of asylum seekers & migrants making their way to NYC. Please drop off your donations from 10am to 6pm or leave your donation in a bag by the door. List of items can be found HERE.
Drop off location: 74-09 37th Ave Suite 302, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Flora Ministries & Expansion Church
Expansion community center will be hosting a supply drives to support recently arrived migrant families housed in shelters in Jamaica, Queens. List of items needed can be found HERE.
Drop off location: Expansion Community Center (40-15 29th St., LIC, NY 11101)
Drop-off date: Saturday, 11/12/2022, 11 am - 4 pm
To make monetary donations via Zelle: Thefloraministries@gmail.com
Team TLC NYC
Looking for Bus Greeters
TeamTLC meets buses in the early morning (6:00 meet up) at Port Authority (enter at 42nd and 8th ave) and in the evening (5:30pm meetup) at the Megabus stop at 34th street between 11th and 12th ave (we meet closer to 11th).
Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH)
Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH) is also looking for additional supplies and care items that recently arrived migrants are asking for such as basic toiletry items, diapers, and more. See list of items HERE.
Contact CUFFH directly to coordinate drop offs.
Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH)
Brooklyn, NY 11206
7 Marcus Garvey Boulevard
SouthBronx Mutual Aid
Loving God, you create every person in your image and unite us all in one human family. As our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, fill us with courage and compassion, that we might meet the hardships of migrants and refugees, not with silence and indifference, but with generous acts of mercy, welcoming every stranger as Christ in our midst. Amen.
Specific points to pray for:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” - Matthew 25:35-36
Provision of housing and other necessities.
Comprehensive city plans to care for recently arrived migrants.
Health for families exhausted from the journey.
Legal justice and representation.
Families staying together and reuniting.
Strength for community based organizations and community organizers.