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Actions & Accomplishments

January 2018

  • Tickets go on sale for “Rising of the Moon” sing-along concert March 17, 7:00 pm with Charlie King, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, a benefit for CASP at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, West Brattleboro, VT.
  • Article “On the Long Road to Asylum” about the arrival of our family to the Safe Haven, published in Eagle Times, Claremont, NH. View the article here
  • Asylees at two host homes are busy with English and math study, medical and dental work, music lessons, and school while attending to details of asylum applications.
  • CASP applies to present workshop at Global Fair, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH.
  • CASP President presents CASP’s mission to Social Ministry Committee of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hanover, NH.
  • Article “Violence, a Border Crossing, and Then a Haven in Vermont” is published in The Commons, Brattleboro, VT.

December 2017

  • CASP President and  Case Manager present CASP’s mission and activities to the Keene Immigrant and Refugee Partnership, Keene, NH.
  • Annual appeal continues.

November 2017

  • Annual appeal begins.
  • CASP President meets with community members in Windham, VT.
  • CASP board members meet with Upper Valley Refugee Working Group, Hanover, NH.
  • Hosts Steve Crofter and Laurel Green, the asylum seeking family living with them, and CASP board members present CASP’s mission and activities and participate in discussion at Putney (VT) Friends Meeting.

October 2017

  • Our first asylum seeking family arrives from Latin America and is welcomed into Safe Haven; English classes begin for mother; school begins for children.
  • Two CASP board members attend information session for Volunteering with Families Detained at Berks County Family Detention Center.
  • Contact made with Upper Valley Refugee Working Group.
  • Plans discussed for further development, outreach, and year-end fundraising.

September 2017

  • Family in detention in Texas interviewed for possible CASP sponsorship.

August 2017

  • Work completed on Safe Haven.

July 2017

  • CASP information and outreach table, Independence Day parade and festivities, Saxtons River, VT.
  • Steve Crofter attends lecture series on refugees, Marlboro College.
  • Outreach letter sent to listed CASP supporters.

June 2017

  • CASP accepts its first asylee, a young woman from south Asia.
  • Springfield Co-op “Round-Up” for gathering community donations to CASP.
  • Incentive grant given anonymously for carpentry work in Safe Haven, Singing River Farm.
  • Graduation address for Vermont Adult Learning Center presented by Steve Crofter.

May 2017

  • Outreach to asylum and immigration organizations and attorneys to identify asylees in need.
  • Mary Armbruster joins CASP as Case Manager.
  • Contracts, intake procedures and recording forms finalized.

April 2017

  • CASP highlighted as a model for local support of asylum seekers at all-day conference on immigration organized by Vermont-Honduras Partnership. Contacts made at conference, including:
    • Immigration case worker from Senator Patrick Leahy’s office
    • Pro-bono source for family counseling
    • Immigration attorneys
    • Other organizations doing work with immigrants in northeastern US.
  • CASP President meets with Community Relations Officer for New England Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Policies for organizational governance and action compiled by CASP Board.
  • Sponsorship letter created for outreach to area businesses.
  • Fundraiser party for Safe Haven with cowboy show of songs and stories performed by Steve Crofter and Laurel Green.
  • Rutland Herald/Times-Argus article “Making a Sanctuary” on CASP and the Safe Haven.

March 2017

  • CASP Board members attend immigration information and update session at School for International Training, sponsored by Women’s Freedom Center, Vermont Law School South Royalton Legal Clinic, and School for International Training.
  • List of interpreters and translators compiled.
  • CASP President shows film “Which Way Home” and leads discussion on immigration, Unitarian Universalist Church, Springfield, VT.
  • Laurel Green and Steve Crofter lead service on “Building Bridges,” focusing on the work of CASP, Unitarian Universalist Church, Springfield, VT.
  • Steve Crofter leads service focusing on the work of CASP at All Souls Church, West Brattleboro, VT

February 2017

  • Safe Haven renovations for family living space ongoing, nearing completion.
  • Article published in The Message newspaper commemorating donation of $800 to CASP by Principles in Action Fund of First Universalist Parish of Chester.
  • Painting party held at Safe Haven living space at Singing River Farm.
  • Interdenominational blessing of Safe Haven living space at Singing River Farm, with hymns and readings led by Reverend Nancy Crumbine, First Universalist Parish, Father Zuccaro, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and Susan Peters.
  • Key volunteers identified for organizing material item donations, services, mailing list oversight, and fundraising.

January 2017

  • Training by RIM (Refugee Immigration Ministry) of Boston for Board and volunteers in preparation for receiving first family.

December 2016

  • First annual appeal letter disseminated to 150 potential donors;  goal is $20,000.
  • Presentation by Steve and John to Bellows Falls Rotary Club; 15 attendees.
  • Presentation by Steve with guest speaker, former asylum seeker Atilio Barreda of Peru, at Rockingham Free Public Library, 20 attendees. FACT TV filmed the presentation.
  • Steve Crofter gives presentation at the Saxtons River VT Nature Club, a community social organization

November 2016

  • Claremont NH Eagle Times article about CASP.
  • CASP holds its first community pot luck dinner to develop ideas and recruit volunteers; approximately 30 attendees.

October 2016

  • First articles about CASP appear in local media.

September 2016

  • Board members consult with RIM of Boston.

August 2016

  • GoFundMe site established.
  • CASP Bylaws formulated and approved by the Board.

July 2016

  • Work begins on Safe Haven (living space) for first CASP family.
  • CASP Board of Directors formed.

May 2016

  • Steve begins to recruit board members and volunteers.

February 2016

  • Steve, Dorothy, and Dempster make their most recent trip to help with intake and fulfillment of basic needs for travelers at the Humanitarian Respite Center for asylum seekers at Sacred Heart Church, McAllen, Texas.
  • Steve conceives of CASP and makes contact with Consulates to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in McAllen, Texas.