USCRI’s Albany field office has resettled approximately 3,100 refugees since 2005. USCRI volunteers, such as Deborah Taylor, have helped these refugees drive to medical appointments, fill out employment applications and social services forms, and generally integrate into their new communities. “Our perspective is very positive and our refugees greatly improve their lives in terms of nutrition, health care, education and opportunity, particularly those who came from refugee camps,” explained Jill Peckenpaugh, Director of USCRI – Albany. “They don’t succeed overnight, but to look at what our refugees achieve here is a testament to their hard work and how welcome and supportive this area has been.”
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