More than 50 evacuees from Afghanistan have so far arrived in New Hampshire, according to two state resettlement agencies that have received help from volunteers to get them located.
“There is a family that has been placed with a Concord family living in their in-laws’ apartment,” Chrissie Ferrara, a program manager at the Ascentria Care Alliance, told Concord Monitor. “We look at it as a model and ask the community to get involved and possibly house people if they have the space.”
Ascentria, which also resettled a family in Nashua and is looking at opportunities in other communities, has formed neighborhood support teams, volunteers of about 10 to 30 people in a community that is committed to helping a family settle down. Group members help evacuees find work, enroll children in school and offer rides to doctor’s appointments.
Ferrara said that after Thanksgiving, the agency expects to welcome more Afghan arrivals every two weeks, into next year. She said Ascentria is committed to helping 100 people who fled Afghanistan.
Another agency, the International Institute of New England, is also seeking to involve more community members in the resettlement process in family support teams.
More than 80,000 people have so far come to the United States under what the Biden administration calls Operation Allies Welcome, since the United States ended its longest war and the government fell to the Taliban.