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What Does It Take to Find Affordable Housing for Refugees and Immigrants?

2024-02-27T13:56:54-05:00February 27th, 2024|

It’s no secret that housing is extremely scarce in New England’s cities. A “vacancy rate” is the percentage of a city’s existing housing that’s available to rent. Lowell, Massachusetts has a vacancy rate of 7%. Boston’s hovers around 2% and Manchester, New Hampshire’s is less than 1%.   Affordable housing is even [...]

Employee Profile: Meet Jessica Gutierrez, Immigrant Family Support Coordinator

2024-02-23T14:05:40-05:00February 23rd, 2024|

Jessica joined IINE in 2023 as an Immigrant Family Support Coordinator on our Unaccompanied Children's Program (UCP) team. The UCP team helps children, some as young as two years old, who have fled their homes in Central America and crossed the Mexico/U.S. border unaccompanied to seek refuge from violence, poverty, and [...]

The International Institute of New England Celebrates 100 Years of Service in Boston

2024-02-23T10:40:33-05:00February 15th, 2024|

February marks 100 years since the International Institute of Boston first opened its doors to welcome and support people from all around the world BOSTON – February 15, 2024 – The International Institute of New England (IINE) celebrates the centennial anniversary of its Boston, Massachusetts office, marking 100 years of welcoming [...]

1910-1924: Redefining Americanism

2024-02-28T11:52:12-05:00January 31st, 2024|

1910-1924: Redefining Americanism "100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE's Boston Centennial" Series: Installment #1   The International Institute of New England is thrilled to share the first installment of our new series, “100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE’s Boston Centennial.” The series will begin in 1910 and guide us to [...]

Crafting A Warm Welcome: A Volunteer’s Homemade Blankets Help Refugees Through the Cold

2024-01-26T12:51:29-05:00January 26th, 2024|

During the harsh chill of their first New England winter, several of IINE’s refugee clients are finding warmth in beautiful, hand-crafted blankets from longtime community volunteer Lydia Walshin.   Each time Lydia donates one of the colorful “Welcome Blankets” she has crocheted, she attaches a card with a message of welcome that [...]

Employee Profile: Meet Andrew Vontzalides, TVAP Case Specialist

2024-01-17T14:27:52-05:00January 17th, 2024|

Andrew joined IINE in 2023 after working with Venezuelan immigrants as a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistant) in Colombia and past efforts with immigrant and refugee populations as a graduate student in Worcester, Massachusetts. As the TVAP (Trafficking Victim Assistance Program) Case Specialist at our Boston office, Andrew ensures our immigrant [...]

Finding Hope at Gucci: Anastasiia Kadzevych’s Story

2024-01-10T11:48:29-05:00January 9th, 2024|

Anastasiia didn’t want to leave her home of Odesa, Ukraine, but as the invasion intensified, she found she had no choice. Arriving in Boston in the summer of 2023 with her husband, Anastasiia turned to the International Institute of New England for basic services and employment support. IINE's Employment Team helped her [...]

From the Desk of the CEO: Equity, Community, and Resilience: Our New Year’s Resolutions

2023-12-21T10:13:36-05:00December 21st, 2023|

By Jeff Thielman, President and CEO at the International Institute of New England As we enter the year ahead, I am filled with energy and hope thanks to the incredible way the IINE community rose to the challenges of 2023.   With unwavering support, you stood with Ukrainians fleeing the sudden invasion [...]

The Two Most Important and Lasting Ways You Can Help Refugees and Immigrants (Hint: They aren’t what you think!)

2023-12-15T15:01:55-05:00December 15th, 2023|

By Alexandra Weber, Senior Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer at the International Institute of New England At IINE, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by a community of passionate supporters who want to make a difference in the lives of refugees and immigrants. Our volunteers, in particular, play a [...]

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