About Us

“There is an unshakable moral principle that says one cannot do evil in order to achieve good.” – Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated in El Salvador in 1980 for speaking truth to power and standing up for the poor

Bridge to Rutland is a group of Rutland County residents working to bring asylum-seekers to Vermont and to support them once they’re here.

We provide wrap-around services, including raising the money to support them in everything they need and finding housing, stipends for food, clothing, pro bono attorneys, and medical care. We also surround them with a team that offers transportation, English instruction, help finding volunteer opportunities, and social activities. Once they have received their work permits, we find them jobs and help them learn about the banking system.

Asylum is a protection granted to a foreigner already living in the United States or a person arriving at the border who cannot safely return to their home country because of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Learn more about Bridge to Rutland by clicking here

To learn more about the asylum process, click here.

For frequently used terms and the list of roles involved with supporting an asylum-seeker, click here.

For talking points on asylum seekers, click here