Refugee Resettlement

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In partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Charities helps refugee families from all over the world, who have suffered war, tyranny and persecution in their home countries, to relocate and begin the process of starting a new life in an Iowa community.  Each year, the U.S. government allows a predetermined number of refugees to resettle in the U.S.  Over the past decade, this has allowed for 70,000 – 91,000 refugees to enter the U.S. Ten agencies, including USCCB, contract with the U.S. State Department to facilitate the resettlements.  Upon entry into the United States, Catholic Charities assists the newcomers to secure housing, food and clothing, translation, medical and employment services and to assimilate to a new community and culture, aiding in their growth towards self-sufficiency. This process all takes place within 90 days.

Refugee Resettlement services available in throughout the Archdiocese with program headquarters in Cedar Rapids.

  • To learn about individual volunteering opportunities, visit our volunteering page, or contact Agnes Kress, Volunteer Coordinator,
  • Click here to learn more about our Families Strengthening Families Mentoring Program for parish/group volunteering
  • Click here for more information about the Syrian Refugee Crisis