Earlier this week, CCTT received final approval for an application we submitted to the Department of State last May to become a site that offers refugee resettlement services. In order to begin the application process we were tasked with identifying and engaging community members, such as Mayor Svante Myrick, to gauge and garner support for refugee resettlement. Since there was a lot of backlash about increasing numbers of refugees being resettled in the U.S., the Department of State wanted to ensure there was community buy-in from for any proposals being submitted and it was clear this would be a crucial part of the approval process.
Thankfully, we met this threshold. As CCTT staff set about meeting with several stakeholders in the community in order to bolster our application, we were pleased how receptive government officials, local leaders, the faith community, department heads, our local funders, and community members were about our plans to bring refugee resettlement services to Ithaca. The Mayor had already set the tone that Ithaca would provide a safe environment for refugees to relocate to and he echoed this when we personally met with him. Not only did we get his full support back then but see from this Facebook post we still have it. We want to acknowledge the Mayor and thank him for his willingness to back Catholic Charities’ efforts in supporting refugee who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries and welcome them into our community. Thanks, Mayor!