This program provides assistance to people coming to the United States under refugee status as granted by the U.S. Department of State, as well as assistance to individuals who seek asylum once they are already in this country (known as asylees). Catholic Charities works in cooperation with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide these services, which help new residents adjust to life in the community. Services include pre-arrival processing, arrival services, assistance with housng, referrals for medical care, acculturation, referrals for ESL (English-as-a-second-language) classes, school enrollment for the children, and other educational services as needed.
JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES
The agency has a contract with the state of Indiana to provide job training and placement services for all refugees coming to the state. Services are provided to those refugees resettled by the agency and those resettled by other voluntary agencies within five years of arrival in the United States. Job placement is also offered to those who have been granted asylum. Services include job readiness assessment, assistance with résumé writing and the interview process, job recruitment, job placement, job retention, and training and referrals. Click here for contact information.
REFUGEE HEALTH SERVICES
The agency has a contract with the state of Indiana to coordinate health screenings and other health services for refugees. This service ensures that eligible refugees are screened for contagious or chronic diseases and receive referrals for appropriate follow-up care. Culturally sensitive and interpretation and translation services are also provided for non-English-speaking refugees. Click here for contact information.
Catholic Charities’ Homework Help, formerly known as the Neighborhood Action Center, provides homework assistance to the children of Burmese refugees at Autumn Woods Apartments. Through the support of staff and volunteers, services provided to the refugee children enhance their adjustment within their school setting and community. More than 60 children from kindergarten to high school are consistently impacted by this program. As a service to their parents, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programming is also offered two days per week. Catholic Charities is delighted to offer this as a free service for refugee families.