refugee and IMMIGRATION services
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Refugee and Immigration Services programming has more than 35 years of experience in resettling refugees in the state of Kansas. Catholic Charities is the largest of five resettlement sites statewide, and the only resettlement site in Eastern Kansas. The agency is seen as the area expert on refugee resettlement and provides information to numerous community agencies that have contact with refugees. While health departments, SRS, ESL schools, mental health providers, and other agencies have contact with refugees to meet specific needs, Catholic Charities is truly a point of information, referral, service provision, and service coordination of refugees in the area.
Refugees are defined as those who have fled their home country with a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion (1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees). Every year, the program offers assistance to more than 600 refugees in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, including 283 refugees arriving directly from overseas. These refugees arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs and significant needs: housing, employment, and education, as well as social and emotional support. Working with Catholic Charities’ staff, these refugees strive to acclimate to the United States, obtain employment and have the opportunity to raise their families without fear of persecution.
Support programs for Refugee and Immigration Services:
For more information:
Kristina Lamb, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org