Hello! We are the group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students who worked with Ascentria Care Alliance, a social services organization based out of Worcester, Massachusetts. Our project was centered around aiding refugees in the transition into the Worcester community.
Our team was comprised of four juniors at WPI: Haley Dyer, a Civil Engineering major, Rebecca Seymour, Biology/Pre-Dental, Zachary Charland, Mechanical Engineering, and Brent Young, Chemical Engineering.
Ascentria Care Alliance, formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of New England, is a non-profit organization providing social services to those in need. They are based out of Worcester, Massachusetts, with extensions throughout New England. Ascentria was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest social service agencies in New England. They are also one of the largest with over 1,400 employees serving over 20,000 people per year. (Saia, Worcester Business Journal, 2014)
Please check out Ascentria’s website!
About Our Project
People have always been displaced by war, persecution, religion, famine and drought, but the response to these displaced people or refugees, has been sporadic. People were often left to the mercy of their homeland and whatever government was in place. Over time organizations, such as Ascentria Care Alliance, have developed programs to assist these new Americans but there are still improvements to be made. It is still extremely difficult for refugees to become integrated into a new community and this puts limitations on an individual’s success.
Our project explored the metrics for successful integration into society. With these important factors identified, organizations like Ascentria will be able to better tailor their services to maximize the impact for their clients.
A Video About Our Project