By Patricia Minichiello

Rutland’s application as a new site to bring 100 refugees to the city a year has been approved, according to an email from Stacie Blake, director of government and community relations at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Washington.

Blake sent an email Wednesday morning delivering the news:

“I am writing to share the news that the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants proposal to resettle refugees in Rutland, Vermont has been accepted.

We look forward to working with the community to welcome those fleeing war and persecution who are unable to return to what was once home.

A new office in Rutland will be based on our successful programming and support developed over a 35 year history serving refugees in Vermont.

We know when people’s lives have been disrupted, their ability to rebound is impressive and we will work closely with the community to help refugees reclaim basic human rights and dignity as they embrace a fresh start.”

Patricia Minichiello is a freelance reporter and editor of You can reach her at