PROTECTING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: A Message from Forestdale’s Executive Director
My paternal grandfather came to New York as a refugee from near Kiev, Ukraine as a young boy. His family was desperately poor and suffered prejudice in Europe and here. After living on the rough streets of New York City as a teen in the early 1900s, he eventually made his way in this world, and was the proudest American I’ve ever known. His story is like so many stories of courageous and hard-working immigrants from all over the world who come to the U.S. seeking a better life for the next generation of children.
Queens is the borough of immigrants and the families we serve at Forestdale come from more than 100 different countries, almost every continent, and have a broad variety of religious affiliations and beliefs. Together, we are the threads of a beautiful and intricate tapestry.
We believe that any attempts to limit entry of refugees to the United States based upon nationality or religion is completely un-American and cruel.
Families come to Forestdale seeking help because they cherish their children’s well-being. At Forestdale, we want you to know that we will help you and your family no matter where you come from, no matter what your religion. We are proud to be part of a sanctuary city, and we will continue to fight against any prejudice that comes your way. All are welcome here.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns: email@example.com
-William Weisberg, Executive Director