We are a tax-exempt, non-profit grassroots community-based organization that supports Venezuelan forced migrants and asylum seekers in New York City.
We help Venezuelan displaced people to adapt and integrate into this country and its culture as quickly and safely as possible. We connect them to one another and to institutions and individuals in the city that can support them in, for example, learning English, getting food and clothing, peer support, and establishing legal immigration status.
VIA’s community continue growing mainly through word of mouth and community networks and secondly through our social media channels.
At VIA, the goal is to keep helping our members stay connected to the community and us as a whole by accessing critical information when engaging with our social media platforms. For us, it is one of our ways of assisting.
In 2021, the number of Venezuelan displaced people facing deportation or Immigration Court proceedings exceeded our expectations. This is why we were capable of providing emergency aid, like food, prepaid Metrocards, giftcards, and clothes.
In 2021, for the first time, we were able to offer 44 one-on-one therapy sessions through our Peer Support program lead by our group of specialized psychologists, Dr. Rachel Lee, Dr. Liliana Torella, and Dr. Adriana Gioni.
We organized 25 online webinars, educational sessions, and legal orientations in partnership with local organizations and professional individuals that served more than 1000 displaced people.
We accomplished 84 online English classes, 160+ hours donated by our allies ESL teachers Tilla Alexander & James Niss. And 30 One-on-One English Tutoring in alliance with the Estamos Contigo Foundation. Read 2021 in Review here.
with it because you get shelter, solidarity, reunion, collaboration, orientation, as well as a bit of the best part of the Venezuela of my times, one with principles, values, customs, union, and harmony. We feel VIA like “A BIG FAMILY.” VIA has given us help with legal aid, emotional support, cultural and recreational activities like welcome refugees dinners, summer programs, and connecting with organizations we didn’t know.
accompanies, and takes care of you by providing the necessary information regarding the laws and how they impact your status as an immigrant. VIA invites you to share and learn every day to move forward without losing hope, also anticipating the future because despite not receiving any monetary contribution for all the services and information it offers, it seeks strategic alliances to continue supporting the Venezuelan community in NY.”
That in the future will be highly recognized internationally. VIA helped me find legal orientation, they also helped me with English classes, cultural and recreational activities, and they still connect me with resources and other organizations that I do not know.
VIA helps and opens the path to our Venezuelan community in this country. VIA has helped with legal orientation, English classes for beginners, cultural activities, and connected me with local NGOs that I did not know.
VIA is an organization that supports the community. I know I can count on it because it is what Niurka and Hector transmit as their founders. You can go, come, get away a little, contribute something, and you know that they will always be there to support you. VIA has helped me with English pronunciation class; emotional support; dinners sharing, and connect with other organizations that I never knew before
To me VIA is my family, a little piece of Venezuela in NYC. I see them in the future as an organization with stronger foundations than it has and with more goals achieved. They have helped me with legal orientation; English classes; emotional support; financial assistance; workshops to know my rights, and as a bridge to connect with other organizations that I did not know about.
VIA was, is, and will be a great family to me. There I found great emotional support such as food, clothing and economic help when I needed it. In the future, I see it as a great organization to help immigrants, both from Venezuela and from other countries. VIA has given me support with legal orientation; English classes; translations to communicate with other organizations or individuals; and connect me with other organizations that I never knew before.