how you can help

supporting newly arrived immigrants

On Tuesday, August 8, 2023, Governor Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, where an influx of families fleeing unimaginable conditions from places like Haiti and Venezuela are seeking shelter and safety.

As of that date, 5,600 families – more than 20,000 people, including infants, children and pregnant women – are living in emergency shelters across the state. More are expected to arrive in Massachusetts in the coming days, weeks and months. The strains on our emergency shelter system – which was not designed for this level of capacity – are extreme, and there is a need for immediate support.

ECCF is in contact with our nonprofit partners working directly with these families and individuals. The most immediate needs include wraparound supports and services provided by culturally and linguistically reflective staff to help build trust, prevent further trauma and support the initial assessment of immigration status; food, especially culturally appropriate hot meals; transportation and access to healthcare.

We have developed a list of local, vetted nonprofit organizations, which you can donate to right now, that are addressing the needs across Essex County. You can also donate to the Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund – a statewide fund organized by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and The Boston Foundation

This is an evolving situation, and we’ll continue to update this page with additional resources as they become available.

Thank you for your generosity.

Wraparound supports, case management: 

Immigration/Legal Services:

Emergency shelter providers (many working with partners to connect families to services and provide basic necessities, transportation, etc.):

Policy and advocacy

*If you have a donor advised fund (DAF) at ECCF, and you’d like to make a donation to any of these organizations, simply use the organization or fund name in the online portal. Please do not hesitate to call ECCF if you have any questions or need assistance.

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