Engel Announces $2,273,080 to Leake & Watts Services for its Passage of Hope Program

Engel Announces $2,273,080 to Leake & Watts Services for its Passage of Hope Program

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced the U.S. Administration for Children and Families / Office of Refugee Resettlement has awarded a $2,273,080 federal grant to Leake and Watts Services, Inc. in Yonkers for their Passage of Hope Program.

The Passage of Hope Program helps unaccompanied children who have crossed our border by providing them with housing and supportive services after their grueling journey. The program’s goal is “to provide these courageous children, who have experienced incredible trauma, with the support, nurturing and care that they need to move forward with their lives and to thrive.” These services include clinical, therapeutic, educational and case management services, while working to link the children with family members or other sponsors in the United States.   

“This money is vitally important, not just because of what it provides, but also for what it represents,” Engel said. “Since the beginning, America has served as a beacon of hope for people all around the world. They come to this country in search of a better life, often fleeing their own set of dire circumstances elsewhere. They brave the grueling journey to get here, many only as children, often alone, in the hopes that when they arrive they will be greeted by a country extending its hand in support. This funding demonstrates that in spite of the heated, anti-immigrant rhetoric coming out of the White House, America still believes in extending that loving hand.

“The Leake and Watts Passage of Hope Program has helped many unaccompanied children establish new lives for themselves here in America. They have done tremendous work and I am certain this new federal funding will go a long way toward helping them continue their mission to help these children move from fear to hope.”