Refugee & Immigration Services

Rochester owes much of its cultural diversity to its immigrant history. From the Italian and Polish neighborhoods of the past to the Somali, Cuban and Bhutanese communities of today, Rochester has been enriched by those who add their music, art and tradition to our community mosaic.

Support to Rochester’s immigrant community has been a cornerstone of Catholic Family Center’s work since its founding in 1917. Over the past 35 years, over 15,000 refugees have resettled to Rochester, NY with the help of Catholic Family Center. CFC continues this tradition through programs offered by its Refugee & Immigration Services Department


New Roots

Visit the New Roots project, a multi-media web project about one refugee family’s first year in America.


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Overview of Our Services

Refugee Resettlement Services

Offering a broad set of client based services aimed at helping newly-arrived refugees achieve success, self-sufficiency and integration in our community.

Immigration Assistance

Empowering America by assisting Immigrants and Refugees obtain Lawful status and promoting the benefits of Naturalization, including voting, federal jobs, family reunification, and much more.

Refugee Employment Services

Providing employment preparation, training and placement so that refugee families can successfully enter Rochester’s workforce.