Frequently Asked Questions


Hopeprint's focus is on the integration and development of diverse communities in shared neighborhoods. While there are a number of entities working hard in our communities on crisis response, rehabilitation and survival (i.e. food access, government services, healthcare, etc), we are focused on what lies beyond surviving towards thriving.

Hopeprint works as a “family,” seeking to provide spaces of hospitality and belonging, and build a network that fosters a flourishing life. Our core teams live in the heart of the neighborhoods where we work, and collaborate with as many other organizations and entities that are willing in this shared goal of people prospering in place. In the Syracuse, NY neighborhood, this includes official collaboration through the Refugee Alliance of Greater Syracuse, Community Integration Coalition and Northside Urban Partnerships. Networks in the other neighborhoods where Hopeprint is present are in development.

Who are refugees?

A person who has been forced to leave their country due to a well-founded fear of war, persecution or slavery because of their race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion. 

HOW DO REFUGEES GET TO Hopeprint Neighborhoods?

Those refugees who are in Hopeprint neighborhoods are often "resettled refugees," meaning that our State Department has worked with international entities to facilitate their legal migration to this nation in order for them to start a new life with the opportunity of citizenship (after five years). In order to be resettled, a refugee must fall into one of several categories that set them apart from the rest of the millions of refugees around the world. These categories include most vulnerable, particular ethnic groups, families members of those already in the US and more. 

Once a refugee has been selected for the resettlement application process, they go through a long process (typically 1-3 years) that includes a series of interviews, medical testing, background checks and more. This process is overseen by the International Office of Migration (IOM), who also facilities their actual travel once resettlement opportunity has been granted. An estimated 1% of the world's refugees will be resettled.

Once families have been selected to be presented for resettlement, their cases are put before the US State Department, approved, then delegated amongst a group of volunteer agencies which have local offices (resettlement agencies) throughout the United States, primarily located in mid-sized cities. These resettlement agencies are responsible to set up the basic needs for the family upon arrival, and provide case management for the initial 90 days. 


Within the last ten years, the primary nations Hopeprint neighborhoods have welcomed newcomers from include:

  • Bhutan (via Nepal)

  • Burma (Myanmar) - various tribes

  • Iraq

  • Syria

  • Afganistan

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Burundi

  • Somalia

  • Eritrea

  • Ethiopia

  • Sudan

  • South Sudan