Brian and Amy Lucey believe that volunteering and giving back to the community is important to their faith and is a satisfying part of their lives.
Amy joined New York for Syrian Refugees (NY4SR) after meeting a Syrian refugee family who arrived to the capital district early 2017. Amy realized she wanted to help this sweet, loving family acclimate to life in the U.S. She is very happy to see the family settling in nicely, with each member doing their very best to meet the challenges of life in their new home. Amy has also lent her graphic design talent to the organization by creating both the NY4SR logo as well as the one for the refugee, women-run catering company Syrian Delights.
Brian, a lawyer and lobbyist by profession, acts as a legal resource for NY4SR. His volunteer work with both the Afghan and Syrian refugee communities affords him the opportunity for a ‘reverse vacation’, allowing him to experience life in the U.S. from the viewpoint of a newcomer. Brian has also developed a close bond with the young man in the family Amy works with, whose own father was settled in a different country. Brian is happy to serve as a male figure in this young man’s life.
The Lucey’s are constantly amazed at the resiliency of the Syrian people. They believe it is important to look for God in all things, and volunteering with NY4SR helps them do just that. As Amy puts it, working with the organization, “… feels right…is never a burden…and has quickly become one of life’s great joys.”