|(210) 222-1294 | 202 W. French Pl., San Antonio, TX 78212|
|Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
Refugee Services provides housing, employment, language and acculturation assistance to refugees escaping war and persecution who have been resettled in the United States through the U.S. Department of State Programs. As the only refugee resettlement agency in San Antonio, Catholic Charities resettles more than 500 refugees each year in San Antonio, providing professional supportive services to help them on their path toward self-sufficiency.
Who are refugees?
There are approximately 15.3 million refugees around the world, and it is estimated that 80 percent of refugees are women and children. Each year, the President of the United States establishes the U.S. refugee admissions ceiling in consultation with Congress and the Department of State Programs. For 2013, President Barack Obama set the admissions ceiling at 70,000 refugees – 0.46 percent of the total amount of refugees worldwide.
How We Help
Refugee Employment Services prepare refugees to join the workforce by working with all eligible clients at their level of employability to empower them toward employment-based economic self-sufficiency. Our team equips clients with knowledge of American work culture and links them with available jobs. Working closely with employers, our employment team identifies and meets company staffing needs as well as develops job opportunities for refugees who possess specialized skills, experiences, and work histories.
For the past four years, approximately 200 refugee children each year have impacted the local San Antonio public school system. Many of these students have never been to school and have never learned to read and write. They have fled their home countries and come to the U.S. looking for safety. The School Impact Program provides after school tutoring for refugee children and supportive services for families to help promote effective integration, education, and a successful transition into the American public school system.
With access to federal and state funding for refugees, Refugee Services is able to provide supplemental financial assistance to refugees while they acclimate to their new lives in the United States. Refugees, victims of human trafficking or individuals with Cuban or Haitian parolee status may be eligible for only one of the following services:
Interested in Volunteering?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Refugee Service or learning about additional volunteer opportunities through this program, contact Tom Hoog, volunteer and donations coordinator, at (210) 222-1294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.