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Upcoming Events

September 13-22, 2019 

Welcoming Week

During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across the community and affirm the benefits
of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.

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To see events in the area and across the country, visit the Welcoming America website.

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Family Fall Picnic

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Let’s get together and celebrate all who have been part of Westchester County’s welcoming movement, from the resettled refugees to those who helped make it possible. There will be music, face-painting, crafts for kids and trail walks, plus plenty of fun and friendship! Pizza and beverages provided, feel free to bring a dessert to share.

Saxon Woods Park Pavilion*


Saxon Woods Park - South Entrance

White Plains, NY

Please let us know if you will join us by clicking here to RSVP.

Thanks to our picnic sponsors 4 Corners Pizzeria in Pelham and Ball Chain Manufacturing in Mount Vernon for their generous support of Hearts & Homes for Refugees!

*To reach the park pavilion, use the south entrance to Saxon Woods Park. This is not the main entrance near the swimming pool, but south of the Hutchinson Parkway, opposite the entrance to 500-550 Mamaroneck Avenue. If using Google Maps, simply search for the location “Saxon Woods Park - South Entrance”.  There is a covered area, so picnic is RAIN OR SHINE.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Call Me American: 
a Presentation and Discussion featuring Abdi Iftin

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Classroom Building Room 100

Those of you who participated in the Hearts & Homes for Refugees Book Group may remember that we read Abdi Iftin's memoir in March - inspiring our discussion leader Heather Ostman, professor of English at Westchester Community College, to bring Iftin to the WCC!

Abdi Iftin will read and discuss his book, Call Me American, the memoir of the author’s emigration from Mogadishu to America.

This event will also feature representatives from Hearts & Homes for Refugees, who will be available to answer questions about opportunities to get involved.

Winter Drive 2019 is coming

Save your winter things for our drive, and see below for volunteer opportunities!

Our Winter Drive 2019 collection will take place on Saturday, November 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, 4 W. Fountain Square.  We will be collecting the below items. 

  • Adult and Children’s Coats, Waterproof Boots, Hats, Gloves, Scarves (gently used and new)
  • Warm Outerwear for Babies (gently used and new)
  • Adult Thermals (new)
  • Children’s Pajamas (new or very gently used)
  • Adult and Children’s Socks – (new)
  • Fleece Throws and Small Blankets (new)

Faith, School and Community Groups – we would love to partner with you on a portion of this collection, to collect new socks or men’s gloves, as example, and are happy to set up a Wishlist!  Thanks to those who have already committed to help!

We’ll need drivers to deliver the collected items to the refugee agencies, and some volunteers to help out – more to follow!

Contact Melissa Roddy for more information or to volunteer 914-393-9617