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Catholic Charities is the largest resettlement site in Kansas, assisting with the relocation of nearly 400 refugees each year who are forced to flee their homelands due to persecution.

Imagine being forced to flee your country due to fear of being tormented or even killed for who you are and what you believe. You must leave the place you call home, the family and friends that you love, your job and familiar surroundings. This is the story for the nearly 400 refugees who are resettled by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas each year.

WHO IS A REFUGEE?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country due to persecution, war or violence.  A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.  Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so.  War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are the leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

WHERE DO REFUGEES WE SERVE COME FROM?

Catholic Charities is the largest resettlement site throughout Kansas.  It is a “U.S. tie site,” meaning that refugees are united with family members or friends who are already settled in the area and can provide assistance.  The majority of refugees that we serve flee from Burma, located in Southeast Asia.  Ethnic groups represented include Chin, Karen and the Karenni.  Other refugees travel from Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, Congo, Eritrea and Iran.

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Refugee & Immigration Services

Central Office Address:
2220 Central Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102

LA LUZ IMMIGRATION CENTER

Provides inexpensive professional legal services to low-income, foreign-born individuals and their families. It is staffed by an experienced bilingual (Spanish/English) immigration attorney and a bilingual Board of Immigration Accredited Representative. 

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CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION PROGRAM

Offers free intensive classes based on the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) 100 civics questions for the naturalization test, along with citizenship application assistance and one-on-one interview preparation.

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NEW ROOTS FOR REFUGEES

Operates a training farm with Cultivate KC where refugees utilize their agricultural skills to develop their own farm businesses to sustain their families and build a healthy, community food system.

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REFUGEE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Assists families with employment by removing barriers, providing job readiness classes, finding and retaining jobs, increasing employability and enhancing the refugee job market.

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LEARNING CENTER

Offers courses on English Language Learning (ELL), Cultural Orientation and Job Readiness training. Students practice English skills to assist with life as they adjust to a new culture and homeland.

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DONATE ITEMS FOR REFUGEES

When you donate these items, Catholic Charities gives items in good condition directly to new refugee families of all faiths to help them furnish their home after their arrival to the Kansas City area.

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RECONNECT KANSAS YOUTH MENTORING

ReCONNECT Kansas: Refugee Youth Mentorship Program

RECONNECT KANSAS

Housing & Utility FY19 7,505 times that housing and utility existence was provided to those facing homelessness or disconnection in the past year Did You Know? Hygiene & Clothing 171,603 times that personal hygiene items and clothing were distributed in 2019 Did You Know? Kids Summer Food FY19 12,283 nutritious meals were served through the Kids Summer Food Program Did You Know? Resource Bus FY19 11,682 times the Resource Bus provided basic necessities, case management and more to our rural neighbors Did You Know? Case Management FY19 14,510 Case Management meetings to assess comprehensive needs through one-on-one communication Did You Know? Refugees FY19 204 refugees were welcomed and provided ongoing support Did You Know? KLPP FY19 81 predatory loans were eliminated through the Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP) Did You Know? Hospice FY19 394