The Deerfield Valley New Neighbors project is a group of more than 50 volunteers and supporters who have been working to help resettle refugee families in southern Vermont.
DVNN is organized under the successful “co-sponsorship” model pioneered in the US by our parent agency, the Ethiopian Community Development Council. ECDC is one of nine refugee resettlement agencies authorized by the US Department of State, and one of only two resettlement agencies working in Vermont.
Each ECDC co-sponsorship group includes a core membership of team leaders and a group leader. Each team leader co-ordinates a team of volunteers to help refugee families with housing, education, cultural orientation, transportation, finance and employment, and health. The group's goal is to welcome and assist our new neighbors in achieving independence and integrating into the community as quickly as possible.