Refugee Services

Our Refugee Services consist of several programs designed to assist refugees and asylees who have been forced to leave their homeland because of persecution based on race, religion or political affiliation.


Refugee Case Management


Program Mission and Description: The goal of Refugee Case Management is to empower refugees toward self-sufficiency and to promote their successful integration into the local community. To achieve these goals, Catholic Charities works with clients to remove the barriers to employment, self-sufficiency and community integration. Services are provided and adapted based on clients’ needs and strengths. We serve refugees, asylees, individuals with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), victims of trafficking, and Cuban parolees. The primary focus is on health and emergency needs, support programs as well as cultural adjustment. The primary goal of case management relating to health services is to empower refugee clients with resources so that they might begin to understand and access mainstream healthcare systems allowing them to maintain optimal physical and mental health. 

Additionally, Refugee Case Management provides the necessary tools for clients to properly acclimate to American life. Cultural adjustment services include parenting and discipline classes, as well as enhanced cultural orientation classes. 

Qualifications:

  • Must have documentation proving refugee, asylee or victim of trafficking status.
  • Must be 5 years or less from the date of arrival.

Contact Information:

Jeff Demers, Program Manager

jdemers@ccdofw.org


Refugee Cash Assistance


Program Mission and Description: The purpose of Refugee Cash Assistance is to promote refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking toward economic self-sufficiency by providing temporary financial assistance and ensuring access to employment providers. 

Qualifications:

Refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of trafficking, and SIVs who can provide proof of status documentation are eligible to apply for RCA benefits if they are within the first 8 months of arrival to the U.S. (or date of certification).  Households must be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL) to apply for benefits during months 1-4 of arrival and 165% FPL to receive benefits during months 5-8.  Households with children must be ineligible for TANF to receive RCA.

Contact Information:

Nadine Richardson

nrichardson@ccdofw.org


Refugee Employment


Program Mission and Description: The purpose of Refugee Employment is to promote economic self-sufficiency for refugees through job placement and retention.

Qualifications:

Refugee Employment serves: refugees, asylee, Cuban/Hatian entrant, S.I.V. or victim of trafficking. The clients can be served up to 5 years after their date of arrival or date of eligibility certification. Clients are generally between 18-60 years old, but Refugee Employment can enroll individuals 16 and older, as well as those over 60 with special circumstances. 

Contact Information:

RefugeeEmployment@ccdofw.org


Refugee R & P Program


Program Mission and Description: To restore the lives of persecuted. The purpose of the program is to promote cultural adjustment and self-sufficiency in refugee communities.

Reception and Placement provides services to eligible refugees, and SIVs residing no more than 100 miles from the Catholic Charities office.  Eligible clients must provide proof of status documentation and must be within 90 days of arrival to the United States.   Refugees that are served by Catholic Charities Fort Worth are from many cultural groups, main groups include: Burmese Chin, Burmese Karen, Burmese Kayah, Burundian,  Cuban, Congolese, Erirean, Ethiopian, Iraqi, Rwandan, Somali , Sri Lankan, Sudanese, Bhutanese, and Rohingya. Nearly all refugees served are less than 150% of poverty level. 

Qualifications:

  • Refugee or Special Immigrant Visa holder
  • Assured by USCCB 
  • Within 90 days of arrival in the United states
  • Located no more than 100 miles away from the Catholic Charities of Fort Worth office  

Contact Information

Samti Redwan, Refugee & Placement Program Manager

Office Phone no: 817.289.2819

Email: sredwan@ccdofw.org