Refugees Resettled In Chicago Help Make Its Most Famous Cheesecake

NPR | January 3, 2017

Employees hand-finish cheesecakes on the production line at Eli's in Chicago.NPR’s Morning Edition featured a story about the role refugees play at Eli’s Cheesecake, a successful business whose workforce is staffed with about 15% refugees.

Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes on Mideast Refugees

The New York Times | January 2, 2017

Ailing Vermont Town Pins Hopes on Mideast RefugeesA remote city in Vermont is turning to refugees as an opportunity to revitalize a declining population and economy. “We need people,” says Mayor Christopher Louras: “[This is] an opportunity to grow our population, bring in individuals, families, new Americans from Syria who have a strong work ethic, who were fleeing for their lives and looking to rebuild those shattered lives.”

Maeve in America

First Look Media/Panoply | December 27, 2016

Maeve in America“With all this talk about wall building, bad hombres and refugees as Skittles, comedian Maeve Higgins is beyond ready to change the conversation around immigration. She’s traveled all the way here from Ireland to bring you funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.”

Why Catholic Charities is aiding refugees

Ithaca Journal | December 1, 2016

Kathleen BerginKathleen Bergin, community liaison for Catholic Charities Tompkins-Tioga, reflects on why Catholic Charities, as well as many organizations in Ithaca, are committed to their efforts in welcoming refugees.

The Syrians Next Door

Time Magazine | November 3, 2016

Mike Rother, a welder and Trump supporter who lives across the street, says he had misgivings about living near Syrians but has come to realize his worry was misplaced. “Obviously, they’re not bringing anything but children playing outside,” he says. “I see kids kicking a soccer ball, riding their bikes, playing with each other. They wave to me and say ‘Hi’ and want to pet my dog.”

For Helping Immigrants, Chobani’s Founder Draws Threats

The New York Times | October 31, 2016

NYT Chobani“He’s the xenophobe’s nightmare,” Mr. Roth said. “Here’s an immigrant who isn’t competing for jobs, but is creating jobs big time. It runs completely counter to the far-right narrative.”

Road to Refuge: What does it take to come to Ithaca as a refugee?

The Ithaca Voice | August 20, 2016

Melissa Whitworth continues her series with an explanation of the intricate vetting process people undergo when requesting refugee status, the federal and local support they receive, and the organizations that care for them upon their arrival in Ithaca.

What Does It Mean to Help One Family?

The New York Times | September 8, 2016

NYT Help One FamilyHere’s a thought provoking piece from The New York Times about the bittersweet moments refugees and their new communities experience.

Let’s welcome refugees, because we need them

The Post Star | August 18, 2016

Post Star LogoGlen Falls, NY resident Will Doolittle writes a column calling for refugee resettlement in his city and points out the various benefits cities of similar size and circumstances have enjoyed from welcoming refugees.

Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee

This American Life | July 5, 2016

We’re loving This American Life’s Episode #593. Have a listen and you’ll hear stories of creativity, hope, hospitality, and love.