Neighbors Link first established our partnership with the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) in 2016, when we were awarded the ONA Opportunity Center grant, designating us as a recognized resource among a statewide network of service providers for new Americans. We continue to operate as an ONA Opportunity Center today, providing naturalization and citizenship preparation classes.
In 2017, we extended our partnership with ONA when we were awarded the ONA Immigrant Community Navigator grant, a program that allows us to work as part of a statewide effort to conduct trainings, provide workshops, and facilitate community conversations in the Hudson Valley region that improve healthy integration.
In 2019, Neighbors Link was selected to be part of the Rapid Response Program (as part of the Liberty Defense Project) to provide dedicated attorneys to assist immigrants in urgent, time-sensitive legal jeopardy. Most recently, in 2022, ONA launched a new program called Legal Counsel, which extends the work of the Liberty Defense Project and works to streamline immigration legal services and build a legal network of immigration legal providers across the state. Neighbors Link has been selected as the ONA Legal Counsel for the Eastern Hudson Valley region (Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties).
In 2021, Neighbors Link was awarded the ONA Opportunity Center – ESOL grant, which allows us to provide English for Speakers of Other Languages classes for new Americans.