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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

  • School enrollment

  • Immigration legal services

  • IDNYC (Municipal Identification) enrollment

  • And more

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.

Learn about available resources
Donate goods or financial assistance

Donate Goods or Financial Assistance

  • The Office of Assemblymember Juan Ardila

Western & Central Queens has recently seen a massive influx of asylum seekers and new migrants moving into the district. In response, my office has partnered w/community organizations and local businesses to help collect NEW OR GENTLY USED clothing for our new neighbors in need. Drop off locations and Listed items can be found HERE

Phone: 718-784-3194


  • The Office of Assemblymember 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 her 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
Phone: 718-205-3881


  • New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)

Contact NICE to request a list of items and coordinate drop offs


New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
71-29 Roosevelt Avenue, 2nd Floor
Queens, NY 11273
(718) 205-1687


To make monetary donations:

  • Flora Ministries & Expansion Church

Expansion community center will be hosting supply drives to support recently arrived migrant families housed in shelters in Jamaica, Queens. A list of items needed can be found HERE

Drop off location: Expansion Church & Community Center (40-26 28th St., LIC, NY 11101)
Drop-off date: Friday, 2/10, 2 - 6 pm

To make monetary donations via Zelle:

  • 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).

To Sign up to be a bus greeter:!/showSignUp/teamtlcnyc
To Contact and make monetary donations:

  • 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
(718) 360-2906

  • La Morada NYC

See list of items HERE.


Monetary donations can be made via Venmo (@lamoradanyc).

  • SouthBronx Mutual Aid

SouthBronx Mutual Aid is a group serving the Bronx and Uptown Manhattan. They are accepting donations and details can be found HERE


Monetary donations can be made via options below: 

CashApp: $southbronxmutualaid
Venmo: @SouthBronxMutualAid

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.

“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

Specific points to pray for:

  • 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. 

  • Partnership opportunities.


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