Around the world today, there are over 15 million people that have no place to call home. They have been displaced from their land or been forced from their native country due to civil strife, war or oppression. Most of these refugee people are scraping out desperate lives in refugee camps in foreign lands.
While some global plights change for the better allowing refugees to return to their homes, many more go unresolved or worsen, leaving those that have fled no hope for a peaceful return to their former lives. The vast majority of refugees have no choice but to remain for years and sometimes decades in refugee camps, living out precarious and despondent lives.
But for some refugees there is hope. Each year the United States admits thousands of refugees who are given an opportunity to make a new life for themselves and their families in cities across America.
CFC is proud to play a part in helping refugees share in the American Dream. Our Refugee Resettlement programs offer a broad set of services that help refugees make the most of the fresh opportunities open to them in the Rochester community.
CFC’s Refugee Resettlement Program equips newly-arrived refugees with services, resources, training and other support that allow them to rebuild hopeful lives and pursue enriching opportunities in their adopted homeland. Working in close coordination with local service providers, ethnic organizations, faith communities and volunteers, our services address the needs of refugees in a holistic and culturally appropriate manner, supporting their successful integration, fostering their independence and promoting their earliest possible self-sufficiency.
Our Refugee Resettlement Program provides intensive case management for newly arrived refugees from the date of their arrival through their first 90 days in country. Basic resettlement services include:
In addition to basic resettlement services, CFC also offers:
Our refugee clients at CFC are a distinct class of immigrants who are admitted to the U.S. because their circumstances satisfy the criteria for “refugee status”. U.S. immigration law defines refugees as those persons of special humanitarian concern who have fled their country of origin because they have suffered persecution or have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
Once admitted, refugees are eligible to receive certain public benefits, are authorized to work, may obtain a green card and can pursue a path to citizenship.
Of the over 15 million refugees worldwide, only about 70,000 will be allowed entry into the U.S. this year. Those refugees fortunate enough to be chosen for resettlement in the U.S. must undergo a rigorous screening process. After numerous interviews, medical exams, background checks and cultural orientations, they may finally be deemed ready to travel to the U.S. and are assigned to a Refugee Sponsoring Agency such as CFC.
CFC Refugee Resettlement services are available to those refugee families referred to CFC for sponsorship by its two associated national resettlement agencies – the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Church World Service (CWS).
CFC also offers some of its resettlement services to other immigrant classes who are deemed eligible by federal guidelines. Other immigrant classes that may be eligible for CFC services include:
Resettling refugees and helping them integrate is an effort requiring contributions from numerous sectors of our Rochester Community. CFC wishes to thank all of our community partners that help make Rochester such a welcoming place and do so much to provide support to refugees as they make their way in their new home.
Volunteers have always played a critical role in welcoming refugees to our community and helping them make the most of the new opportunities before them. Our volunteers are trained and oriented specifically to work effectively with refugee populations. There are no financial, language or experience requirements.
Please check out our Volunteer page for more information about how you can help.
Phone: (585) 546-7220 x4601