Efforts

Welcoming Newcomers

“Behind these statistics [on migrants and refugees] are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God.” Pope Francis, Address to the Jesuit Refugee Service, 14 Nov 2015

The Problem

Many newcomers struggle to establish themselves in a nation that is ambivalent about their presence, particularly those who are not authorized to reside in our country. Cultural and linguistic differences and limited opportunities make it difficult for these newcomers to integrate, find work and support their families. They need culturally competent supportive services to help them thrive in their new home.

Our Approach

Catholic Charities welcomes refugees and immigrants to our country, and member agencies help them get settled in their new homes and communities. We help them to find jobs and resources, and to overcome barriers that impede their adjustment to life in the United States. Seeing immigrants and refugees as brothers and sisters, Catholic Charities agencies:

  1. Help refugees resettle in this country by providing interpretation, 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, housing, counseling and more.

Approach to Advocacy

The Catholic Charities network joins the Catholic Church in the United States in calling for meaningful and compassionate immigration legislation that allows families to remain intact, provides worker protections and addresses the plight of children of undocumented immigrants. Catholic Charities USA urges action to provide legal means for migrants to enter our nation to work and a path to citizenship for those already here and living in the shadows.

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The Impact

With the many supportive services offered by Catholic Charities agencies, refugees and immigrants find homes and jobs. They learn how to speak English and how to navigate our American systems. They go to school, launch businesses, build assets and become contributing citizens. In 2015, Catholic Charities agencies served nearly 400,000 refugees and immigrants.

  • 323K immigration clients

  • 6,787 new citizens

  • 70K refugees assisted