Refugees

Refugee Resettlement is a humanitarian effort of the United States government and the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees in collaboration with national, state and local organizations.

Refugees are individuals who have had to leave their country because of a well-founded fear of persecution or death. Specifically, they are targeted because of their religious or political beliefs, their social standing or membership in a particular social class.

Often, refugees must flee their countries with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They may live in refugee camps for years enduring harsh weather, small rations of food, and little or no health care or education.

Refugees arrive in the United States with usually just a small duffle bag of belongings. Within just a few months, however, most refugees are completely self-sufficient. Through their hard work and drive to succeed, studies show that after ten years, refugees are as well off as native-born Americans. (Here is one story of a former refugee client you may find interesting.)


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. In 1972, at the request of the United States Catholic Conference, the agency's Refugee Resettlement Program was formally established and primarily served refugees fleeing political turmoil in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. By 1995, over 10,000 refugees had received help through Catholic Charities of Tennessee.

To date, services have been provided to refugees of many different faiths from more than 35 countries, though the majority of our current clients have been displaced from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Somalia, Eritrea, Cuba, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan.






SERVICES
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 of Tennessee, Inc. licensed Adult Daycare program follows a social model with supervised activities enhancing independence and self-esteem.
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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
OF TENNESSEE, INC.

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Nashville, TN 37214
Office: (615) 352-3087
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