The story of the Westchester Resettlement Movement in Westchester – A brief history of the welcoming movement in WC and sharing refugee stories: cultural understanding works both ways!
Jane Dixon, has been a lifelong resident of Westchester. Dedicated to supporting underserved populations both professionally as a teacher, and through community service. She first became involved with the Welcoming movement in 2015 when the Syrian Refugee Crisis became so horrific. She was a member of the “kitchen cabinet” of The Westchester Refugee Task Force, which worked successfully to help Westchester County become a U.S. authorized resettlement location. A member of Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, she began and chairs their Refugee Resettlement Social Justice Team. As congregations organized to prepare to welcome refugee families, she became co-chair of Interfaith Council for New Americans in Westchester (ICNAW) -a group of White Plains and New Rochelle faith communities. Since 2017, ICNAW has settled 4 families- 3 in Westchester and one upstate. Jane also works with Hearts and Homes for Refugees and Neighbors for Refugees, two grassroots organizations in Westchester, which educate, advocate and support community host groups.