Efforts

Immigration and Refugee Services

You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. Exodus 22:21

What We Do

Catholic Charities has been providing services to immigrants and refugees for more than 100 years. We help them to overcome barriers that impede their adjustment to life in the United States.

Catholic Charities agencies:

  1. Help refugees resettle in this country by providing interpreter services, employment training, job placement and counseling services.

  2. Offer legal immigration services to clients with family-based cases and with applications for legal residence, deferred action for childhood arrivals, and citizenship.

  3. Offer immigrants and refugees a full spectrum of community services: emergency assistance, childcare, after school programs, senior services, and housing.

Why We Do It

Our Catholic heritage calls us to seek justice for newcomers. Our history as a faith community in the United States has been as an immigrant Church in an immigrant nation. We are singularly focused on serving the needs of poor and vulnerable individuals and families, providing compassionate care that respects the dignity of each person, as mandated by the gospel.

“It’s also the push in the heart of those who welcome: the desire to encounter, meet, dialogue… hope is the push to share the journey.”

Pope Francis

Our Impact

Walaa's Story

Walaa Ali shares an emotional story of how she fled to the United States to avoid violence and death threats in her homeland of Iraq.

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Seme's Story

Seme talks about the help and welcome he received when immigrating to the U.S. from Ethiopia.

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Share the Journey

In September 2017, Pope Francis launched the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign. It focuses on raising awareness of displaced persons and strengthening bonds between migrants and their new communities. Catholic Charities USA, as part of a global network of Caritas organizations, participates in the campaign by both spreading the word and continuing to welcome newcomers and help them settle into their new home.