As part of our effort to welcome the stranger, Catholic Charities provides immigrants and refugees with the services needed to find employment and assimilate into our communities. We help them to overcome barriers that impede their adjustment to life in the United States.
How is a refugee defined?
A refugee is a person that has left their country because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political affiliation or social group.
How is an immigrant defined?
An immigrant is a person living in a country other than that of his or her birth
Immigration & Refugee Services
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. 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 housing, 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.
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.
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. As a service to their parents, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programming is also offered two days per week.
The Board of Immigration Appeals (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) recognizes Catholic Charities’ Immigration Services as a program that provides accurate and affordable services to immigrants who seek to adjust their status, reunite with family members, obtain employment authorization, or file paperwork to make other status adjustments through U.S.C.I.S (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS). Citizenship classes and assistance with the process of naturalization are also provided.
Catholic Charities Immigration Department has extended its services to include the fee-based Translation Services Program. Translated languages include Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. A deposit must be provided prior to the completion of work. Deposits are based on the number of pages to be translated.
Find out how can you help refugees and immigrants on our volunteer page.