Refugee Alliance of Greater Syracuse

Our Vision... A vibrant, integrated, flourishing city where refugees thrive.

Our Mission... Gather key influencers towards collective impact in our city’s resettled refugee communities, and neighborhoods where they live.

Our Values

  • Asset-Based Community Building

  • Well-Nurtured Environments for Thriving

  • Collaborative Initiatives

The Alliance is led by the Core Partners, a limited membership group made up of key leaders in local refugee-led and refugee-serving organizations focused on the Alliance’s mission and vision. They are tasked with ensuring that the mission is being pursued in accordance with the values, and that progress is being made towards our shared vision. They operate at a strategic, policy level, and are responsible for the oversight and creation of ongoing and ad hoc committees and initiatives to carry out the work needed. The Core Partners currently include representatives from the following organizations/entities:

  • Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Northside CYO

  • Interfaith Works, Center for New Americans

  • Syracuse City School District - Refugee Assistance Program

  • Refugees and Immigrants Self Empowered (RISE)

  • North Side Learning Center

  • Hopeprint

  • Onondaga County - Economic Security

  • CNY Community Foundation

  • New Americans Forum

For more information on the Alliance, please contact the Chairman Nicole Watts at 


Resettlement Service Coordination Committee

The Resettlement (pre-arrival to 90 days in country) Service Coordination Committee is made up of those that facilitate and provide key services during the highly structured 90-Day resettlement period. It’s purpose is to share information about arriving populations, address challenges to local service capacity and create innovative, effective, coordinated activities to assure a smooth flow of process through required services. [Note: This also serves as the required Quarterly Consultation.]

Community Integration Coalition

The Community Integration Coalition is focused on the post-resettlement time frame (91 days to 5 years in country) made up of both the resource-brokers (post-resettlement hubs) and resource-providers required for a resettled refugee to thrive. It’s purpose is to share information, strengthen the continuum of care, and foster an environment for individual and collective thriving.

Community Engagement Committee

The community engagement committee exists to present accurate, factual information about the refugee resettlement process, cultural and community information to debunk myths, and to foster understanding and relationships between newcomers and native born community members. Its work is to be bidirectional - to inform both recent arrivals and long time community members.


Asset-Based Community Building

We see refugees as courageous, resilient humans. We anticipate that they do and will add positive energy, diversity and ethics to our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. 

Well-Nurtured Environments for Thriving

We hope towards positive futures for newly arriving and resettled refugees. We act as an interconnected continuum of care along the journey from refugee to New American. We invest what is needed to nurture the environments where resettled refugees are living to be conducive for thriving. 

Collaborative Initaitives

We will lead as a group which embodies our vision, ensuring that refugee leaders, community stakeholders and refugee-focused service providers are at the table. We focus our energies on that which no one can accomplish alone towards the greater good of all, most especially our resettled refugee community members. We act as a collective voice and united force on projects, actions and advocacy pertaining to our shared community.

Note: The Refugee Alliance of Central New York is not officially associated with Hopeprint. Hopeprint serves as a participating member of both the Core Partners and Community Integration Coalition. The Refugee Alliance of Central New York is not an official organization, does not have its own funding, and is volunteer-participation and led.