BRATTLEBORO – The Community Asylum Seekers Project will receive the Unsung Hero of the Year award Friday in a ceremony at 6 p.m. at River Garden.
Stephen Crofter, one of the founders of CASP, will accept the award from Compassionate Brattleboro on behalf of the Brattleboro area volunteers of the organization he helped found in 2016 that provides material and moral support to those seeking asylum from violence and poverty in their home countries.
Compassionate Brattleboro selected CASP for its “work in welcoming and supporting asylum seekers into our community and providing them with a safe, healthy and caring place to live while their asylum cases are being processed by the U.S. government.”
Prior to the award ceremony, Crofter will speak about CASP at the Brown Bag series at the River Garden from noon to 1 p.m. He will detail who the asylum seekers are, why they come to this country and what they experience on arrival.
He will share personal stories of some of the courageous people who make the arduous journey in search of refuge and how members of the community can support them.