chad griggs via Crowdrise
May 14, 2012
A refugee is someone who has fled his or her country because he/she fears persecution based on race, religion, nationality, participation in a particular social group, or political opinion. The definition is sometimes expanded to include people fleeing war or other armed conflict. Individuals must be approved by the federal government to come to the United States as a refugee and be assigned to our diocese by the United Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services, our national voluntary agency.
The program assists refugees with all aspects of resettlement and ensures that they are offered appropriate assistance. Services include: apartment location and assistance; reception of refugee families at airport; orientation; assistance with Medicaid and Social Security certification; transportation assistance; coordination of school enrollment for children; health checkups; financial assistance; after school literacy and skills training services and job development, placement, maintenance and career laddering assistance. The ultimate goal is that refugees achieve self-sufficiency through employment.
Click on the link below for a brief slideshow of The Life of a Refugee. Not every client is the same, however, this will provide you a glimpse into the challenges and tremendous accomplishments achieved.