ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Several agencies are stepping up to help the dozens of asylum seekers who arrived in Rochester earlier this week.

What You Need To Know

  • Agencies step up to help asylum seekers arriving in Rochester

  • Ibero and Catholic Charities are two of the several organizations assisting the migrants

  • 77 asylum seekers arrived Monday night and are staying at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rochester

"These are people who are seeking asylum from their country of origin," said Angelica Perez-Delgado of Ibero, who was there the night 77 people arrived on two buses from New York City. "We’re all hands on deck to get them screened, to help them just settle, to help them process what has happened to them and how they ended up in Rochester."

Numerous agencies are part of the effort to help families and individuals transition into the community, including Catholic Charities.

"We help with the gaps in services," said Getachew Beshir, the organization’s refugee department director. "We try to help them as humanely as possible. And by doing that we believe we are helping the community. We don’t want to see people who do not have any access to help and left out there and be a burden to the general community."

Asylum seekers are in, or are heading to, cities throughout the country currently. In the Rochester and Monroe County area, it is the combination of generous people and numerous outreach groups working together to help them adjust to their new home.

“They’ve walked over several countries, journeys that were over three months to get here, to get a piece of our American dream," said Perez-Delgado.