A longtime volunteer for several local organizations in Pelham, New York, Kathie O’Callaghan used her experience and expertise to create Hearts & Homes for Refugees in 2015. Soon after founding the organization, Hearts & Homes welcomed the county’s first Syrian family to the community. The organization supported the family of six as they established their new lives in Pelham, lending them a hand with babysitting, connecting them to youth services, enrolling them in ESL courses, and helping furnish their home. After welcoming that first family, Hearts & Homes has continued to help refugee and asylee families with post-resettlement support as they navigate school and medical systems, learn English, get to appointments, and integrate into their new community. The organization now has around 300 volunteers. Kathie has also initiated a county-wide coalition to further expand post-resettlement support for refugees throughout Westchester County.