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Cultural Orientation for Refugees

Helping refugees assimilate to American life

Helping Resettled Refugees Assimilate

Class workshops that cover vital knowledge and skills needed to live in the U.S.

All refugees who are new to the U.S. are required to enroll in and complete Cultural Orientation workshops through the Refugee Learning Center, after their initial Reception & Placement intake. All workshops are interpreted in a refugee’s native language and cover topics specifically related to American life and the basic skills that will be needed to adjust to life in the U.S. In addition to the workshops, refugees work one-on-one with a case manager to discuss their assimilation progress

Cultural Orientation Workshop Topics Include:

  • Role of the Local Resettlement Agency
  • Refugee Status
  • English
  • Public Assistance
  • U.S. Laws
  • Your New Community
  • Employment
  • Health & hygiene
  • Budget and Personal Finance
  • Housing
  • Digital Technology and Literacy
  • Safety
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Education
  • Transportation

Refugees must not have resided in the U.S. for longer than 90 days in order to qualify for program enrollment, and must be 18 years or older. Workshops take place in a refugee’s home, at the Catholic Charities office or in local libraries. Topics covered vary by individual needs.

Contact Us

Use the form below to contact the Refugee Learning Center.
Please submit other questions to our general Contact Catholic Charities page.

Interested in volunteering with the Refugee Learning Center? Check out our Refugee Volunteer Opportunities!