A REFUGEE is a person who has fled or who has been forced to leave the security of their home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Oftentimes they leave suddenly and with few possessions. Millions have spent decades in refugee camps, unable to return home.
Individuals granted refugee status overseas by the Bureau of Population Refugee and Migration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are admitted to the U.S. for resettlement. National voluntary resettlement agencies, such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and their affiliates, are guided by the U.S. Department of State to provide resettlement services that will help refugees gain self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after arrival in the United States. As an affiliate of Catholic Charities USA and USCCB, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Refugee Resettlement Program is the portal for refugee resettlement services in the greater Dayton area.
Newly arrived refugees in Dayton receive supportive services from CSSMV’s Refugee Resettlement Program for placement in initial furnished housing, a cultural orientation overview, employment assistance and linkage to community resources such as referral to ESOL services and medical services.
The Refugee Resettlement Program of CSSMV will receive anywhere between 200-250 refugees for resettlement services per year. The arriving refugees are from the countries of Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Eritrea, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Sudan.
Through the support of individual volunteers, ethnic community members, civic
organizations, Catholic parishes and other faith communities, refugees will
receive additional support leading to an improved chance for successful
integration and overall self-sufficiency.