Tennessee Office for Refugees

About Us

Our mission is to foster growth, integration and self-sufficiency by providing financial, technical and professional support to refugees and the agencies that serve them in the State of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. designated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to administer the state refugee resettlement program. Funded by ORR, the Tennessee Refugee Program helps refugees statewide access cash and medical assistance, initial medical screenings, employment, social adjustment services, and English language training in an effort to achieve self-sufficiency.

Since TOR became the administrator of the Tennessee Refugee Program, we have helped thousands of displaced persons feel at home in Tennessee. As these new arrivals begin to rebuild their lives here in our state, they have the same goals as any other Tennessean: creating home, enjoying life, and achieving dreams. The circumstances that led them to leave their home country may differ from person to person, but all need a new place to start again. TOR coordinates with agencies throughout the state to begin the resettlement process for those who are classified as refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, victims of trafficking, Amerasians, and Cuban/Haitian Entrants.

Are you a refugee in need of assistance? Please reach out to one of our partner agencies for direct assistance.

Please visit our new site www.tnrefugees.org/ for the most up to date information regaring TOR.

The services of our Basic Needs Programs work to meet the needs of people we serve in a supportive way.
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Immigration Services provides counseling, assistance in completing immigration forms and photographs to individuals seeking assistance in most immigration matters.
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Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. has always been engaged in the humanitarian aid to refugees, starting with the finding of foster homes for 43 Cuban refugee children in 1962.
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If you are a parent looking for support to reduce stressors and increase your skills, our staff can help you with opportunities to meet the many challenges faced by families.
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A variety of services are provided to the Hispanic community in Middle Tennessee by Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.'s Hispanic Services programs.
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Catholic Charities' Living at Home program assists seniors in their efforts to age in place.
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Since 1976, Catholic Charities School Counseling Program has helped thousands of students and their families find their way during times of distress.
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Caring Choices is a state-licensed adoption agency operated by Catholic Charities of TN, Inc. serving all races and religions.
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We have been engaged in humanitarian aid to refugee since 1962. Thousands from more than 35 countries have received help through Catholic Charities.
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Making a difference since 1962. CATHOLIC CHARITIES

2806 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Office: (615) 352-3087
Fax: (615) 352-8591

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