Niagara Falls, NY - 50 international refugees could eventually start new lives in Niagara Falls. City Council is seeking more information.
You can see images of success in the photos of refugees on the walls at the offices of Jewish Family Service in Buffalo. And now the Queen City's reputation as a welcoming base for refugees is the inspiration for the agency's proposal to bring 50 members of an as yet undetermined nation to settle in Niagara Falls. The agency's CEO Marlene Schillinger says "Refugees can buy houses. Refugees can do jobs or be employed gainfully. And so they contribute to the community which is what they'll do in Niagara Falls."
Schillinger points out some refugees already work in the casino. And with the support of the city school district and Niagara University for language and training and other agencies for support, they can blend their culture into the Falls which is already ethnically diverse in many ways as a border community. There will be a particular focus on one nationality Schillinger says "If we're talking about building community...you wanna build the community from the same pool of people if you will."