Refugee Resettlement Services

Since the 1970s, CCA has resettled refugees referred to the Atlanta area by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops through a contract with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Resettlement Services range from finding and furnishing a home for the new arrivals to orienting them in the ways of their community and helping them find employment.

In FY 2013, 274 refugees from 10 countries, including Iraq, Iran, Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, and Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia were resettled by CCA. Over the course of a three to six-month program, 16 staff members, fluent in 19 different languages, provide services to meet the specific needs of each family and start them on the road to independence. On average 94% of refugee families resettled by CCA become economically self-sufficient within 6 months of arrival in in the United States.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports 80% of the program’s costs through a partnership with federal funders. Private contributions help the agency cover remaining expenses. In addition, federal grants that pass through the state of Georgia make it possible for CCA staff to work specifically with refugee parents of students attending Metro area schools to increase their involvement in their children’s education. The grant also covers staff development training for school personnel on topics relating to the refugee experience and cultural diversity.

Program staff also collaborate with other refugee service providers to offer specialized classes and support services.

Youth Mentoring Program

Refugee Resettlement Services is looking for dedicated mentors for our new Refugee Youth Mentoring Program! 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. Mentors will meet with mentees in their home or take them on outings in the community.

Mentors must commit to working with their assigned mentee for a minimum of 2 hours/week for 1 year.Youth in the program are located primarily in the Clarkston, Tucker, and Decatur areas. Volunteers must be 21 years old, submit to an agency background check, and meet the agency insurance requirements for transporting clients in their personal vehicle. We are specifically looking for male mentors who would like to help out male youth.

Please contact Kim Longshore at klongshore@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org or (678)222-3964 for more information.

The 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.

Cuban and Haitian 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 services included employment assistance, English language classes, and immigration legal services.

For questions about Cuban/Haitian programs, call 678-222-3962 or email refugeeresettlement@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org.

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. Click HERE for more information.

Volunteer Programs

Our refugee resettlement program could not exist without the support of community volunteers. Becoming a Family Friend or a Job Coach are just two opportunities available to support refugee families in metro Atlanta. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the Refugee Resettlement program, click HERE.

Contact Information

To receive more information about refugee resettlement programs, call 678-222-3964 or email refugeeresettlement@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org.

To inquire about eligibility for services, call 678-222-3963 or email refugeeresettlement@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org.

Download our agency flyer on Refugee Resettlement.

Additional Resources

The UN Refugee Agency
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services