Refugee Parents Program
The Refugee Parents Program works with any refugee parents who have lived in the US for three years or less and have children in grades K-12 in Metro area schools. Our goal is to help refugee parents navigate the American school system and become more involved in their children’s education.
Youth Mentoring Program
The Youth Mentoring Program is a new initiative for Refugee Resettlement. Mentors will be matched one-to-one with refugee youth between the ages of 9 and 17. Mentors will act as self-esteem boosters, tutors, role-models, and friends and assist and encourage refugee youth as they develop their skills and talents. We are specifically looking for male mentors.
Cuban/Haitian Services Program
Catholic Charities Atlanta participates in a program funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and the State of Georgia to provide services to Cuban and Haitian refugees, entrants, and those who have been granted asylum. These include employment services, English classes, and immigration services.
Short-term Internship Program
The Short-term Internship Program (SHIP) pairs recently arrived refugees with local businesses for a short-term volunteer experience. The program helps refugees gain a local employment reference and understand the American workplace in a friendly environment before entering the workforce. Shadowing current employees, interns are taught about culturally acceptable work practices through real-life circumstances. Clients who participated have shown to hold employment longer, find a job faster, and generally integrate better into the Georgia workplace than those who do not participate.
Volunteer or Donate to CCA’s Refugee Resettlement Program
Did you know that on average 94% of refugee families resettled by CCA become economically self-sufficient within 6 months of arrival in the United States? You can help by volunteering your time or by donating much need household items.
Refugee Resettlement Services
In fiscal year 2013, CCA resettled 274 refugees from 10 different countries.
Catholic Charities Atlanta provides Refugee Resettlement Services to refugee families arriving in the Atlanta area. The extensive resettlement services are designed to aide refugees to become self-sufficient as soon as possible. Our staff offers employment services and case management in over 15 different languages.
- Airport pick-up upon arrival to Atlanta
- Housing and necessary furnishings
- Culturally appropriate grocery items & a ready-to-eat meal upon arrival
- Assistance to access health care
- Assistance & education to access public transportation
- Assistance to obtain a Social Security card and other forms of personal identification necessary in the United States
- Assistance to enroll in English language classes
- Assistance to enroll children into K-12 education
- Job readiness and orientation to the U.S. workforce
- Assistance to obtain employment
- Orientation to U.S. laws and customs
- Other services as needed
Who are Refugees?
There are over 15.4 million refugees worldwide. Approximately 80% are women and children. Less than 1% of the world’s refugees are resettled into another country each year—these represent the most vulnerable. Refugees are defined as individuals outside of their countries of origin who are unable or unwilling to return because of persecution or who hold a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, or national origin.
To see our Refugee Resettlement Program in Action, please view to following videos: