Meeting the needs of asylum seekers and refugees within a supportive community in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

Who we are:

NEKASAN helps asylum seekers get released from detention by providing sponsorship, hosting, support and a welcoming community. We assist these guests and refugees new to our area by helping to meet their legal, medical, educational, employment, material, transportation, housing and other needs.

Established in 2020, the Northeast Kingdom Asylum Seekers Assistance Network - NEKASAN - is dedicated to making our communities supportive places for refugees and asylum seekers. Volunteers have helped guests and families from various countries integrate into our local Vermont communities.

Events

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  • what:

    Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Tamale-making Tutorial

  • when:

    2:00 pm on Sunday, May 5, 2024

  • where:

    St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1265 Main Street, St. Johnsbury

"What can I do to help?"

Donate

Donate via givelively.org
EIN: 85-0550813

Your gift will be used to provide support to refugees in our local communities, funding housing, housewares, clothing, material needs, transportation, and educational opportunities. Financial support and legal counsel will support our asylum-seeking guests until their final asylum hearings.

Volunteer

Volunteer Contact Us

We need sponsors, hosts, and committee members to:

  • Provide housing or a rental for new guests
  • Sponsor a guest as they move through the asylum claim process
  • Provide rides to appointments, shopping, etc
  • Provide social and language support
  • Help us with fundraising
  • Donate clothing, household goods, financial support, vehicles
  • Support the organizational structure by joining a committee
  • Help with outreach and community support

Read our latest newsletter:

Winter 2024 Newsletter

NEKASAN  envisions a warm, safe, and welcoming community for all asylum seekers and refugees who come to live here.  Most will be from European, Latin, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries. To this end, NEKASAN held our first International Food Fest in September, 2023!  It was a great event with international food choices prepared by 16 volunteer chefs, visited [...]

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March 22, 2024

Winter 2024 Newsletter

NEKASAN  envisions a warm, safe, and welcoming community for all asylum seekers and refugees who come to live here.  Most will be from European, Latin, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries. To this end, NEKASAN held our first International Food Fest in September, 2023!  It was a great event with international food choices prepared by 16 volunteer chefs, visited […]

Read More… from Winter 2024 Newsletter

September 13, 2023

Reblog: NEK Asylum Seekers Assistance Network Hosts International Food Festival