New York City Mayor Eric Adams joined us on our weekly jornada to support the new immigrant community
On Saturday, February 11, the NYC Mayor Eric Adams joined us at our weekly jornada in the Lower East Side. By being there, he sent a powerful message of collaboration and teamwork. The newly arrived asylum seekers’ spirits were uplifted, as the mayor heard their stories and embraced them with care and dignity.
Every Saturday, hundreds of newly arrived asylum seekers attend our activities to receive clothes, shoes and culturally appropriate hot meals. At AID FOR LIFE, we are proud to have integrated many of them as volunteers, this being their way of giving back to the community and helping others in the same way that they were supported.
Since July 2022, we have held 30 jornadas and 2 health and services fairs, and have assisted more than 7,000 newly arrived asylum seekers with clothes, shoes and information about legal services, housing, healthcare.
We want to thank Mayor Eric Adams and Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro for being key partners in exploring innovative initiatives to integrate newly arrived asylum seekers into the city. We also want to thank the Simón Bolívar Foundation for being a key partner in providing hot meals to asylum seekers, and P.S. 20 Anna Silver for allowing us to use their facilities every week.
To date, more than 43,000 newly arrived asylum seekers have been registered under the shelter system of NYC.
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