News and Stories

Moving On Up

Nangeyali came out of the Holloman Air Force Base, in New Mexico, to Carlisle, Penn. approximately two months ago, and has achieved many successes so far. A few days after his arrival, ECDC's local partner, the International Service Center (ISC), was able to secure an apartment for him in Carlisle.

National Co-sponsorship Training

As the next step in its launch of a national co-sponsorship program, ECDC held three days of training in the past month for 14 staff from 10 affiliates. During the training, ECDC's national Community Engagement department shared guidelines, tips, and materials that staff can use to recruit and train co-sponsorship teams.

Wider Welcome Pilot Training

With support from the Open Society Foundations, ECDC is implementing a pilot project called Wider Welcome and has developed a training guide and toolkit to help resettlement agency staff critically think through how issues of race, privilege, and bias play out in community sponsorship for refugee resettlement and put strategies in place for overcoming barriers that might exist for diverse and immigrant groups to get involved.

ECDC Supports Afghan Arrivals at All Its Resettlement Sites

ECDC responded to the Department of State’s request for resettlement agencies to participate in its Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program, which launched September 1. ECDC has been approved to resettle 3,100 individuals across its network of branch offices and affiliated organizations in 15 cities across the country.

ECDC Hires Director for New Branch Office

After careful consideration and community consultations, The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) proposed Brattleboro, Vermont as a new refugee resettlement site in its annual funding proposal to the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) for the Refugee Admissions Program.