Dignity in Asylum is a Concord-based non-profit organization run by volunteers. Our goal is to offer safe and welcoming housing to people seeking asylum in the Greater Boston area. We provide a nurturing, welcoming place to live to some of the many courageous and miraculous human beings who had to flee their home country in order to save their lives. In our housing community, we strive to create a safe haven where a sense of dignity is restored and where healing can begin.
What does it mean to be an asylum seeker?
When people come to the United States to seek asylum, most have escaped persecution in their home countries with little more than their lives. Once they arrive, there are few if any support systems available to them. Asylum seekers do not have the right to legal representation, even though it is almost impossible to be granted asylum without a lawyer by your side. As most do not have local family or friends, asylum seekers generally do not have access to housing or food stamps, which leads to many ending up in homeless shelters. In fact, those with no local contacts are at risk of immediate detainment upon arrival and placement in a local jail or prison. Many of these individuals could be released if they had a local housing option.
What does DIAS do?
DIAS was founded to offer free housing and community support to people seeking asylum. Apart from a room for each supported asylum seeker, we also provide daily meals, transportation to lawyers’ and doctors’ appointments, English classes and overall direct, caring and comforting support.