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Catholic Charities targeting Ithaca, NY for new refugee resettlement office

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 7, 2016

I suspect this is going on all across America now as Obama has put the pedal to the metal to get his 10,000 Syrian Sunni Muslims resettled on top of the 75,000 (more than in recent years) other refugees from around the world.  The existing 180-190 contractor offices are probably all struggling to find housing for the huge flood expected by September 30th.

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Refugees are already being placed in all of these cities, but they need fresh “welcoming” territory!

This article at Ithaca.com makes it all sound so nice, so welcoming, so easy.

What a joke that they will get these impoverished people on their feet in three months and it won’t cost local taxpayers a dime!  Oh yeh! What about the kids in schools, what about health care, what about housing for poor and disabled Americans—this is all FREE! Who knew!

For all of you near Ithaca, please read my post from earlier in the week about what is happening in those other cities in New York state that are overloaded!

(Come to think of it, maybe the Catholic Church in Ithaca has an unused church that they can sell for a mosque!).

Calling Donald Trump! They are pouring the Middle Eastern and African refugees into New York in a big way— before you can get to the White House!

From Ithaca.com:

Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga counties is applying to become a refugee resettlement agency.

That designation means the not-for-profit will get federal funding to help prescreened refugees from wartorn countries start their new lives in America. [Remember, we just learned that instead of 18-24 months of screening we are now down to 3 months for Syrians!—ed]

Sue Chafee and Laurie Konwinski of Catholic Charities appeared before Common Council on Wednesday night to explain the program, which proposes to resettle up to 50 people during the 2017 fiscal year – beginning on October 1, 2016. [They will not stop at 50!!!—ed]

“We have a lot of say in who we’re going to select,” Chafee said. [No, she doesn’t. She doesn’t select!—ed] “There is an option to bring single people, but it’s easier to house families in Ithaca because you can pool the money going to each member of the family and cover rent for four or five months.”  [If you are wondering what she means by pooling money, it is because they are paid by the head for each refugee, so a family of six or eight brings in a lot more money than a single refugee.  And CC gets to pocket some of it.—ed]

The countries of origin which Catholic Charities expects to focus on locally include Syria, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bhutan, along with anyone en queue from communities already well established in the Ithaca area, like the Burmese.

Who might be available in the area as translators is an important consideration, Konwinski said. For example, since Syracuse has large Sudanese and Somali communities, refugees from those countries tend to go to where their home folks already are.

Officially, federal monies would be for three months of services provided by Catholic Charities to new Americans.  [And, what are the odds that they will be supporting themselves in 3 months—zero!—ed]

Here is the contact information for the Ithaca Common Council if you are concerned about this proposal.

And, see our ‘Ten things your town needs to know’ by clicking here.

You should all be on your toes wherever you live watching for stories like this one!  If you hope to have any say in what they are doing, you must get into the fray now!

You have every right to question what Washington has planned for your city or town!

One more thing….I saw news that there is a push on to get refugees seeded in White Plains, NY, but haven’t had a chance to write about it.

24 Responses to “Catholic Charities targeting Ithaca, NY for new refugee resettlement office”

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  2. (ASS-I) AMERICAN SARCASTIC SNARKY- ISM said

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  3. (ASS-I) AMERICAN SARCASTIC SNARKY- ISM said

    No No Why don’t the catholic charities welcome into their homes so they can support them with housing, friendship, food women and children to molest. All progressive liberals need to open their arms and homes first.

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  6. tomasrose said

    you might find interesting the attached (ok, so I can’t attach – I will e-mail separately), which is a U.S. State Department audit of a Catholic Charities (CC) operation in Tennessee.
    :

    1. 64% of per capita payment goes to overhead at US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
    “admin” and CC “admin” with the 2 entities roughly
    splitting the take. Relatively little goes directly to the
    refugee for rent, food, furniture, etc.

    2. No evidence of private donations from CC being used
    even though the Cooperative Agreement intends for “PRM
    funds supplement privately raised resources”.

    3. CC only pays for one or 2 months’ rent.

    4. Reports 90% employment after 180 days, but some of
    that employment (maybe most?) is day-labor jobs only.

    5. Uses only one landlord. h’mmmm,

    6. CC is not providing enough cash and may be keeping
    too much of the per capita.

    7. CC books more than 100% of the same employee’s
    time to both a)DOS Resettlement and Placement and b)ORR
    grant programs. Accounting for an employee’s time against
    a program is an important part of justifying the need for
    the grant/program. Such double booking is fraud if
    intentional.

    8. CC has inadequate assistance from parish
    volunteers – duuuh!

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    • jdelaney3 said

      Tomasrose,
      Relying on my own experience as a resettlement program mgr until 2003 (and things may have changed somewhat since then), my comments/queries below:
      1.Can you break down #1 a little better.
      2.Matching funds are not required of the resettlement sites for the so-called Reception & Placement period (first1-90 days); if enrolled in Match Grant, however, matching funds and value of goods and services are required and must be recorded for annual auditing purposes.
      3.CC can use federal R&P $ for this purpose (up to $800 or so per cap), but if client is enrolled in Match Grant the period of federal financial support can be extended for up to 6 months. The challenge for CC is to get the refugees employed as quickly as possible to save $ on direct assistance and applying that savings to program operational costs.
      4.important to note that by DOS definition, “employed” is defined as ‘self-sufficient” which, in turn, is defined as not receiving “public cash assistance”; clients are able to access all other gov’t services throughout the R&P and MG periods. (Note: not all refugees are enrolled in MG–only those who are employable.)
      5.I can see the usefulness of relying upon but one landlord; the search for suitable housing can be time-consuming, and if the agency finds a landlord who has suitable housing available on a moment’s notice, that benefits everyone. Reliance upon one landlord isn’t necessarily a bad or corrupt thing. If landlord a slummy type, then the annual audits will catch up with the CC and the agency will pay dearly.
      6.Though it is true that the goal of the agency is to keep as much of the direct assistance as possible to cover program costs, if refugee requires direct assistance, it must be given. The earlier they are “self-sufficient”, the more federal $ which can be diverted to program operational costs. This formula actually encourages agencies to get employable clients employed. Where I managed the program, refugee employment stats far and away exceeded DHS employment stats for native born clients. True, entry level jobs are usually the only which available to refugees, this owing to lack of marketable/transferable skills and language proficiency, but a good agency attempts to get every employable refugee in a family employed, either p/t or f/t, within 6 months of arrival. And by the family’s pooling resources it is able to make ends meet and,, often, then some. The challenge is the single employable whom an agency tries to house with other singles for the same income pooling purpose. My point is that a blanket statement that not enuf cash is being given may be misleading/inaccurate.
      7.Can you explain this. I’m lost.
      8.I could talk days about this. In short, unless volunteers are properly and fully trained, readied and committed to resettling refugees, the agency shouldn’t accept refugees for resettlement–unless, of course, the agency has sufficient regular paid staff to handle these tasks, an EXTREMELY rare situation indeed as staff, usually very few in number, are buried in case management protocols and mountains of reports and paperwork required of their national office and DOS. Training and readying volunteers is central to an efficient and successful refugee resettlement operation. Frankly, most resettlement sites just don’t measure up in this respect.

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      • tomasrose said

        I will get the original, complete report over to you. I would be very interested in your assessment of the audit report – especially, if I have mis-interpreted anything in the report.

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        • jdelaney3 said

          Thanks, Tom. I’ll do my best to cipher what can often be undecipherable bureaucratic and esoteric gibbgerish. I do know that DOS on-site audits I experienced were often conducted by political appointees and insider friends who had very little basic knowledge of the realities of grassroots resettlement operations and challenges. My experience with a DOS audit was most unpleasant. The audit, which like any audit is intended to be a useful tool to improve operations, was terribly unhelpful and impractical and I made very certain they were told that. Over the years, I suspect DOS audit protocols may have remarkably improved. Can’t see how they could have gotten worse. That’s for sure. The real nuts n’ bolts, realistic and helpful audits are those conducted by national resettlement program offices who are vested in ensuring that their field opns are fully in compliance with the mountain of DOS/ORR case management requirements–which, by the way, are extremely demanding. I retired in 2003, so I suspect much has changed in terms of protocols and requirements, so reviewing the DOS audit report to which you refer should be educational for me as well. Thanks again, Tom.

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          • jdelaney3 said

            By the way, in my own 22 yr experience only one DOS audit occurred, and that was during the first year of my having taken over a terribly flawed operation. The opn was a hair’s breath away from being shut down by the national office. Yeah. It was that messed up. My understanding is that only if a program is in particularly bad straits and has gained unfavorable attention/publicity is an on-site DOS audit conducted. That may have changed since 2003. Don’t know. In any event, I dramatically turned it around in a very short period of time. My organizational, wide-ranging overseas and military experiences were very helpful in that regard. In any event, by the time I retired, it was rated #2 in the country (out of 106 programs). No one would ever tell me who #1 was. Not blowing my own horn, just trying to add some perspective/context.

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  7. jdelaney3 said

    Ann,
    Did you share this with Ithaca media? Though Ithaca is a liberal bastion and probably more than amendable to such an influx, I suspect that journalists/talking heads there wouldn’t want to miss out on a marketable newsworthy and controversial issue. And the residents there need to know.

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  10. Catholic charities applying for a Federal handout? whatever happened to the separation of church and state? if they can siphon off public tax money for being the administration for this foreign invasion, then they should also have to pay taxes, and lots of them!

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      I agree 100%. Since when does Christian charity involve dipping into the taxpayers wallets! But, that is how this program was set up by Senator Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter!

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  11. Maybe Syrian refugees are Christians because the oldest christians in the World are from Syria!

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  12. Jean Public said

    WITH ALL THE PRIESTS THAT ARE CHILD MOLESTERS, I THINK ITS TIME FO RCATHOLIC CHARITIES TO BE OFF THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO HANDLE CHILDREN.

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  13. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal and commented:
    Suddenly, Arabian prostitutes are popping up locally. We never had any issues with the Arabs engaging in the activity however, they are looking to make money. I am wondering if other communities are also noticing the same thing?

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