Border Cantos | Sonic Border Community Resources
As part of Border Cantos | Sonic Border, we are pleased to share this page of community resources and organizations to help those who are in need of immigration services related to key areas including, but not limited to: pathways to legal residency and citizenship; family unification; information and advocacy services; translation; ESL, education classes; youth services; medical and mental health; housing; food action; employment; and other activities and support for our migrant communities.
The State University of New York (SUNY) Recruitment Response Center
Phone: (800) 342-3811
Attend virtual information sessions on topics such as the NYS Dream Act Workshops, the Educational Opportunity Program, and financial aid.
Phone: (914) 375-7964
Address: 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701, 2nd Floor
Literacy Solutions NY offers free citizenship classes for adults who are eligible to become United States citizens. Their program is designed to help the citizenship applicant through the entire application process, as well as preparing the student to pass the U.S. Citizenship exam. Preparation for the interview is included in the citizenship class. Practice is provided in written dictation and in answering questions for the oral interview. Services are offered to speakers of: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Yiddish/Hebrew, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Arabic, Korean Japanese, and other languages.
Vive Schools Pathways to Success
Phone: (914) 376-8600
Address: 75 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Vive School Pathways to Success provides intergenerational programs that foster academic excellence, promotes general well-being, encourages achievement, and prepares students to live as active citizens in the city of Yonkers and to enter the workforce with twenty-first-century skills. This mission is supported through collaboration with the City of Yonkers, Yonkers Public Schools, community-based organizations, and business partners.
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: (844) 387-7525
Address: 313 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583
In an effort to ensure quality early care and education for every child in Westchester, the Child Care Council offers services to families, child care professionals and employers.
Family Services of Westchester (FSW)
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–8pm
FSW provides mental health and social services to families, children and individuals. Telehealth is currently offering most clinical services, but if someone is in need, in crisis FSW can offer in person sessions. The best way to schedule is to call the clinic directors listed and arrange a time for counseling.
- Yonkers: Andrew Levine at email@example.com / (914) 964-6767 x137
- Pelham: Andrew Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 738-1728 x18
- Mt. Vernon: Marlene Furtick at email@example.com / (914) 668-9124 x10
- Sleepy Hollow: Kathy Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 631-2022 x16
- Hastings: Sonya Gaffney at Sonia.email@example.com / (914) 274-8334 x223
- Port Chester: Lupita Deluccia at firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 305-6837
- White Plains: Lindsay March at email@example.com / (914) 948-8004 x22
Phone: (914) 345-2800
Address: 8 Bashford Street, Yonkers, NY 10701
Westhab’s mission is to transform communities by developing quality affordable housing and delivering the services that people and neighborhoods need to thrive such as transitional housing and employment.
Lifting Up Westchester
Phone: (914) 949-3098
Address: 35 Orchard Street, White Plains, NY, 10603
Lifting Up Westchester aims to restore hope to Westchester County’s men, women, and children in need by providing them with food, shelter and support—and lifting them to greater self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
Yonkers Community Action Program
Phone: (914) 423-5905
Address: 20 South Broadway, Suite 420, Yonkers, NY 10701
YCAP is a private nonprofit corporation designated as an anti-poverty agency under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to engage and empower the residents of Yonkers by providing resources and services that improve health, education, and employment outcomes as well as support economic self-sufficiency and poverty reduction.
Phone: (914) 923-1100
Address: 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523
Feeding Westchester is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Their membership gives them access to millions of pounds of donated food products from national companies, as well as access to trainings and resources that help them maximize efficiency. Feeding Westchester is proud to be part of the top ten percent of Feeding America’s member food banks for distributing nutritious food to local people.
Feeding Westchester Distribution Sites
See a map to the nearest food pantries and soup kitchens.
Legal Resources & Advocacy
Coalition for Immigrant Freedom
Phone: (212) 781-0355
Address: 5030 Broadway, Suite 639, New York, NY 10034
The Coalition for Immigrant Freedom, also known as the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR), is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to educate, defend, and protect the rights of immigrants.
Catholic Charities Community Services
Phone: (914) 476-2700
Address: 204 Hawthorne Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705
Catholic Charities welcomes and integrates immigrants and refugees, helping them reunite legally with their families, obtain proper work authorization, learn English and civics, and prepare to pass citizenship exams. Catholic Charities also assists immigrants in avoiding exploitation by unscrupulous practitioners by providing correct information and realistic counsel about immigration status.
Empire Justice Center
Phone: (914) 595-0910
Address: 30 South Broadway, 6th Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701
Empire Justice Center is known for their ability to identify critical issues, develop and implement creative solutions, and monitor ongoing results. Their staff has protected and strengthened the legal rights of people in New York who are poor, disabled, or disenfranchised for more than forty years.
John Jay Legal Services (Pace University)
Phone: (914) 422-4333
Address: 78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603
The Immigration Justice Clinic of John Jay Legal Services, Inc. (JJLS), a not-for-profit organization located at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, provides assistance to immigrants who are unable to obtain legal representation because they cannot afford to pay enough, given the complexity and difficulty of their legal problems. Law students, working under the supervision of a law school professor, represent immigrants seeking to regularize their status or to defend against removal by the United States government. There is no charge for the legal services provided by the Immigration Justice Clinic.
Immigrant Rights Clinic (New York University)
Phone: (212) 998-6467
Address: 245 Sullivan Street, 5th Fl., New York, NY 10012
The Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) of Washington Square Legal Services, Inc., at NYU Law School, is a leading institution in both local and national struggles for immigrant rights. Its students engage in direct legal representation of immigrants and community organizations in litigation at the agency, federal court, and where necessary, Supreme Court level, and in immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and national level.
Infante Immigrant Connection
Phone: (914) 948-3476
Address: 65 Court Street, Suite 2, White Plains, NY 10601-4201
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9aam–5pm
Infante Immigrant Connection, Inc. provides full immigration services as well as resources for immigrants in White Plains, NY and the greater Westchester County area. They also provide assistance with tax return preparation, uncontested divorce filings, and more.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Phone: (877) 574-8529
Address: 90 Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
The mission of LSHV is to provide free, high quality counsel in civil matters for individuals and families who cannot afford to pay an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake.
Neighbors Link Community Law Practice
Phone: (914) 666-3410
Address: 27 Columbus Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
The Neighbors Link mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. Their mission is achieved by filling a service gap for new immigrant families, offering education and empowerment programs, involving longer-term residents in volunteer opportunities and creating substantive partnerships with other local organizations. Their strategies to educate, empower and employ families include a Worker Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, legal services and advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school-age children of immigrants. Neighbors Link has three locations in Westchester County and offers services throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Make the Road New York
Phone: (914) 948-8466
Address: 46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
The Make the Road model integrates four core strategies for concrete change that millions of families feel every day: Legal and Survival Services to tackle discrimination, abuse and poverty; Transformative Education to develop community members’ abilities to lead its organization, its movement, and society; Community Organizing to transform the systems and power structures impacting our communities; and Policy Innovation to rewrite unjust rules and make our democracy truly accountable to all of us.
Hudson Valley Justice Center
Phone: (914) 308-3490
Address: 19 Court Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10601
The Hudson Valley Justice Center provides free, high quality legal counsel in civil matters where basic human needs are at stake. Hudson Valley Justice Center serves poor and low-income immigrants who cannot afford an attorney, regardless of immigration status. The office handles individual, class action, and other impact cases, and partners with others to promote meaningful access to the American system of justice for all people regardless of their economic or social condition.
Community Resource Center, Mamaroneck
Phone: (914) 835-1512; (914) 630-7022
Address: 134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Community Resource Center was founded to promote the cultural, economic, educational, and professional integration of immigrants to the already established larger community and to advocate for those in need. They aim to provide the tools to prepare new immigrant families to become self-sufficient and active members of the community. They provide comprehensive direct client services and programs, including a myriad of educational programs, case management, and referral services and advocacy for immigrants and low-income families in need. They serve adults, youth, and children in three primary areas: Case management / social services; Educational programs and workshops; and Worker Center -job placement for men and women seeking employment.
Yonkers Sanctuary Movement
Phone: (914) 380-7570
Yonkers Sanctuary Movement is a grassroots organization that educates and mobilizes immigrants and allies in Yonkers, New York, to keep immigrant families safe from detention and deportation, and to fight for justice for the undocumented community of Yonkers.
My Sisters’ Place
Phone: (914) 683-1333
24/7 hotline: (800) 298-7233 (SAFE)
Address: 3 Barker Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
My Sisters’ Place strives to end domestic violence and human trafficking through comprehensive services, advocacy, and community education. MSP works to create a world in which every individual has the basic human right to be free from gender-based violence and to engage in relationships that embrace the principles of respect, equality, and safety.
New Sanctuary Coalition
Phone: (646) 395-2925
Address: 239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
Invites volunteers to learn about how they can get involved in sustaining the fight to change the system while giving direct emotional and spiritual support, pro se legal help, advocacy and bond support to get our loved ones out of detention, legal rights training, and physical sanctuary to people facing immediate deportation. Learn more about how you can get involved here.
Safe Passage Project
Safe Passage Projects provides free lawyers to immigrant and refugee children who are being deported.They serve immigrant children in New York City and Long Island under the age of 21. Their team of Safe Passage Project attorneys stands up for these children by standing with them in immigration court, speaking on their behalf to the judge, explaining how they qualify for legal protection (e.g., asylum or protection for victims of trafficking).
The New York Immigration Coalition
Phone: (212) 627-2227
Peekskill Address: 1132 Main Street, Suite 1 & 2, Peekskill, NY 10566
New York City Address: 131 West 33rd Street, Suite 610, New York, NY 10001
The NYIC serves one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States. The multi-racial and multi-sector NYIC membership base includes grassroots and nonprofit community organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, as well as legal and socio economic justice organizations. The NYIC not only establishes a forum for immigrant groups to voice their concerns, but also provides a platform for collective action to drive positive social change.
Rivertowns for Refugees
Address: 455 Tarrytown Road, Suite 1340, White Plains, NY 10607
Part of a coalition of non-profit organizations, churches, synagogues, and mosques, student and committed volunteers, that continues to grow and serve refugees and those seeking asylum in the region. Comprised entirely of volunteers, the group works to give a proper welcome to these newcomers and support others who have already resettled in the area. Not only does the group provide local support—food and clothing drives, transportation assistance, housing, and job search assistance—but it also supports other organizations within the network.
Hearts and Homes for Refugees
Phone: (914) 393-0776
Address: P.O. Box 8558, Pelham, NY 10803
Hearts and Homes for Refugees is a nonprofit grassroots humanitarian organization that works with U.S. State Department-designated agencies to welcome, assist, and advocate for refugees. The coalition they have spearheaded, the Westchester Refugee Initiative, includes several Episcopal churches, in particular through their member Rivertowns for Refugees: St. Barnabas, Grace Episcopal Hastings, Christ Episcopal Church, Zion Episcopal Dobbs Ferry, All Saints Episcopal Church Briarcliff, Christ Episcopal Church & San Marcos.
Neighbors for Refugees
Address: PO Box 415, Larchmont, NY 10538
Through its Road to Independence Fund (Y2I), Neighbors for Refugees, a Westchester nonprofit and refugee resettlement organization, helps families of refugees, SIV’s, asylum seekers to escape violence and persecution to live in a safer and more secure environment. Their programs have given New York Refugees, and our neighbors, the tools and networks needed to move from surviving to thriving, to build a better life together.
Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc.
Phone: (914) 968-4717
Address: 984 North Broadway, Suite 400, Yonkers, NY 10701
Westchester Disabled on the Move Inc. (WDOMI) is part of a national network of Independent Living Centers dedicated to independence and equal rights for individuals with disabilities. Westchester Disabled on the Move Inc., is staffed and governed primarily by people with disabilities. The programs and services of WDOMI are free to consumers with disabilities and their families.
Medical & Wellness
24-hour, confidential, bilingual hotline: (888) 438-8700
Hope’s Door seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence, and healing from the trauma of abuse.
Phone: (914) OD-CARES
Ossining Address: 165 Main Street, Ossining, NY 10562
Port Chester Address: 5 Grace Church Street, Port Chester, NY 10573
Mount Kisco Address: 30 West Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Mamaroneck Address: 689 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Open Door is the region’s experts in all aspects of health, with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door’s primary mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay.
Department of Community Mental Health
Hours: 8am–8pm, Monday–Friday
Phone: (914) 995-1900
COVID-19 text support line: (914) 461-7281
On off-hours and weekends, the phone is checked regularly. People will receive a call back.
Westchester Medical Center
Sexual Assault Abuse and Victims Empowerment (SAAVE) Program 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline: (833) 220-2444