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Catholic Charities: Refugee and Immigration Services

Author: Claire A. Carroll

Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) is the arm of Catholic Charities dedicated to supporting refugee families as they become fully participating members of their new communities in the United States. RIS offers an array of integrated services to help Albanian and other refugee newcomers achieve self-sufficiency including:

Resettlement Assistance
To ensure that newly arrived refugees have adequate housing, food, clothing and referral to employment and social services.

Citizenship Preparation
Civic classes and individualized counseling to prepare for the citizenship exam.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Evening ESL classes at parishes and community-based sites throughout Greater Boston.

Interpreter Services
Training interpretation skills for bilingual individuals and direct services to agencies with non-English speaking constituents.

Employment Counseling and Placement
English language training that is needed before, during, and after placement in jobs. Job search activities are structured to address the particular needs of each refugee. At the same time, RIS develops leads with employers that match refugees’ interests and aptitude.

Immigration Legal Counseling
Information, assistance, representation and referral to immigrants of all nationalities.

For more information, please contact:

Catholic Charities/Greater Boston
Refugee and Immigration Services
270 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Tel: (617) 625-1920
Fax: (617) 629-5768

Frosina thanks Claire A. Carroll, Director of Refugee and Immigration Services, for providing the above information.