Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program operates under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), which is one of the ten national voluntary agencies resettling refugees in collaboration with the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (DOS/PRM).

Since 1975 Catholic Charities has assisted refugees to resettle in the Diocese of Rockford, welcoming refugees and asylees from many countries, cultures, faiths, and political beliefs. Catholic Charities case managers provide intensive resettlement services that assist refugees to become self-sufficient.

Who is a refugee?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of 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 leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

(source: USA for UNHCR)

What Resettlement Means                 Click Here for FACT SHEET

When refugees arrive, Catholic Charities case managers guide them through the process of adjusting to life in the U.S. This includes:

  • Securing housing and providing food, clothing, and household items;
  • Applying for documents such as Social Security cards, and State IDs;
  • Scheduling required health screenings and addressing emergency health problems;
  • Orienting them to public transportation;
  • Developing family budgets;
  • Enrolling the family in English language classes;
  • Providing cultural orientation;
  • Ensuring children are enrolled in school and helping parents understand the U.S. education system;
  • Developing relationships with employers to assist in job placement for refugees

Our Programs: 

Reception and Placement (R & P) Program: The first 90 days after refugees’ arrival are critical to the resettlement process and provide the foundation for the services that follow. Case managers, with the aid of our volunteers and donors, provide clients with the items necessary to meet their immediate needs.

Match Grant (MG) Employment Program: provides one-on-one case management and employment services to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) eligible populations:

  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Cuban and Haitian entrants
  • Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders
  • Amerasians
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • Afghan Humanitarian Parolees
  • Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

To learn more about refugees:

USCCB- Migration & Refugee Services

UNCHR Website

Office of Refugee Resettlement

U.S. Committee for Refugees  https://refugees.org/