Engel Announces $3,336,006 to Leake & Watts Services for its Passage of Hope Program

Engel Announces $3,336,006 to Leake & Watts Services for its Passage of Hope Program

Westchester, NY–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 $3,336,006 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.   

“The Leake and Watts Passage of Hope Program has helped many unaccompanied children establish new lives for themselves here in America,” Engel said. “These children come to this country in search of a better life, often fleeing their own set of dire circumstances elsewhere. They brave the grueling and often dangerous journey to get here, many only as children and often alone, in the hopes that when they arrive they will be greeted by a country extending its hand in support. I am proud to have an institution like Leake & Watts extending that loving hand right here in my district.”

“Leake & Watts is pleased to continue and expand our work with unaccompanied migrant children through this award. Through a wide range of programs and services, including the unaccompanied migrant population, Leake & Watts is supporting children and their families so that young people can overcome adversity, grow and thrive,” says Leake & Watts Executive Director, Alan Mucatel.