Shrewsbury organization ready to help – NBC Boston
President Joe Biden announced a new program to help Ukrainian refugees coming to the United States, and when they get here, an organization in Massachusetts stands ready.
The goal of the Biden administration’s Unite for Ukraine program is to streamline refugee status claims for Ukrainians and others who were forced to leave after Russia invaded.
Ansaar of Worcester, based in Shrewsbury, has already helped refugees from other countries with food, accommodation, jobs, education and much more. Today, the organization is gearing up to help those who have fled war-torn Ukraine.
Afghan refugees have been the focus of Ansaar’s attention lately. Parwez Emami left his fiancee behind and says he would love to go back, he can’t.
“When we go back to Afghanistan, they will kill us. Because they know we are from the United States, and as you know, they don’t like America,” Emami said.
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Has promised to help them stay here.
“We have driving licenses that expire in a year, people have to work. Green cards expire in a year. So what happens after that?” McGovern asked. “There is a lot of uncertainty. I think we should bring more certainty.”
Mona Ives leads Ansaar and says she is preparing for refugees from Ukraine.
“I’m now starting to think about aligning funding and how we can kind of create economies of scale, and some of the things we’re doing for Afghans, also doing for Ukrainians at the same time or using the same resources,” Ives explained.
When Ansaar anticipates a wave of refugees, it contacts the community to find out what might be needed to accommodate these people.