New Americans

Since 1962, Catholic Charities has helped refugees and immigrants living in the Nashville area adjust to their new home and achieve self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities in Tennessee got its start in 1962 with a program to resettle Cuban children during intense political conflict in that country. 

Refugee and Immigration Services is now one of the largest Catholic Charities programs with a third of the Catholic Charities staff working in this area. Catholic Charities also has a number of AmeriCorp volunteers supporting refugees and immigrants.

The Latest on Afghan Refugee Assistance

Catholic Charities anticipate helping 300 individuals and families relocate to Middle Tennessee. 

Read more about the latest efforts and how you can help

Tennessee Office for Refugees

Tennessee Office for Refugees is a department of Catholic Charities designated and funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to administer the state refugee resettlement program.

Through contracted services, technical assistance, and administrative support, the Tennessee Office for Refugees partners with refugee resettlement agencies, clinics, and other agencies that provide direct services to refugees, Asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, victims of trafficking, Amerasians, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who make Tennessee their home.

Visit Tennessee Office for Refugees website

Refugee Services

In 2019, refugee resettlement assisted 41 new refugee households with a total of 140 individuals. In total, the program helped more than 3,000 clients in 2019. In addition to new refugee arrivals, the department serves a large number of immigrant families and individuals that have been granted asylum or humanitarian entry or who are victims of human trafficking.

In 2020, much of the work for refugee resettled was slowed because of the pandemic and travel restrictions.

Immigration Services

Immigration services currently helps individuals navigate citizenship, work authorization, and family reunification.

Catholic Charities Immigration Services provides counseling and assistance with completing immigration forms to individuals seeking assistance in most immigration matters. Our immigration services are an affordable alternative to attorney fees and our coordinator is accredited by the Department of Justice and qualified to help with any immigration need. Our office continuously receives updated materials related to all immigration laws and procedures.


The number of refugees and immigrants helped by Catholic Charities in 2019 and 2020

New Americans Services
Immigration Counseling

Immigration Services provides counseling, assistance in completing immigration forms to individuals seeking assistance in most immigration matters.

Refugee Elders Program

The Refugee Elders Program provides support services in a group format to assist newly resettled older adults as they adjust to life in the United States.

Refugee Employment Services

Helping refugees reach their goal of self-sufficiency through employment.

Refugee Resettlement

The Refugee Resettlement Program provides core resettlement services to newly arrived refugee individuals and families.

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News & Events
New Americans

Catholic Charities has funding available to assist Ukrainians who have come to the United States while fleeing war in their home country. We can help individuals and families with housing, utilities, healthcare, employment assistance, education for school-aged children and a host of other services. This funding is available immediately but will expire on Oct. 31. […]

New Americans

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville is applying for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) grant to support the Refugee Youth Program. Part of the application process is announcing it on social media. The Refugee Youth Program is a therapeutic afterschool program for refugee, asylee, and migrant children that have experienced complex trauma. The purpose of the program is […]

Disaster Recovery

From Executive Director Judy K. Orr Catholic Charities resettling 330 Afghans to Middle Tennessee Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville, has welcomed 330 Afghan refugees who were displaced by the largest evacuation in 50 years of people from their home country to the U.S. Our commitment to this segment of the 125,000 evacuees is now in its […]