Catholic Social Services began providing refugee resettlement services in the early summer of 1975, with the fall of the South Vietnamese government to communist control. Bishops across the United States provided an immediate response offering the support of social service agencies in their dioceses. Since then, Catholic Social Services has welcomed thousands of refugees and is the only provider of refugee services in the state of Alabama.
What We Do:
Catholic Social Services is designated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to administer the state refugee resettlement program. Catholic Social Services helps refugees, asylees, and other eligible populations access cash and medical assistance, initial medical screenings, employment, and social adjustment services in an effort to achieve self-sufficiency. Catholic Social Services also provides case management services to facilitate the holistic provision of services, ensuring each refugee receives coordinated and effective interventions designed to meet each specific situation. Services are available to eligible populations who reside in the state of Alabama.
Who We Serve:
A refugee is an individual who flees his/her country due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on one of five protected classes: religion, political opinion, race, nationality, or membership in a particular social group. Refugee status must be applied for and received after the screening process proves the well-founded fear is true. Refugees must also be otherwise admissible to the US and not firmly resettled in a third country.
Our office also provides services to asylees, victims of trafficking, Cuban/Haitian entrants, SIVs, and certain Amerasians. In order to access refugee resettlement program benefits, individuals must provide acceptable documentation of one of the statuses eligible for Office of Refugee Resettlement benefits and services.