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Welcome to Germaine’s Kitchen Café!

Posted By | Raeann Boero

Welcome to Germaine’s Kitchen Café, a Gluten Free Culinary Arts program of Catholic Charities Oregon. Here, our program delivers a variety of essential skills helping our students and participants on a path to success in a professional kitchen or foodservice operation. Our program offers in-class instruction on the fundamentals and foundations of cooking along with the very important job/life skills and hands-on learning in just 16 weeks.

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After 42 years of service, Immigration Legal Services staff member retires

BIA Accredited Representative Long Ba Nguyen is retiring at the end of June after 42 years at Catholic Charities of Oregon. Yes, 42 years! What an incredible tenure with the agency.

Our Refugee Services program needs your help!

Please help us support refugee families and continue to keep Oregon a welcoming state for our newly arrived brothers and sisters. Catholic Charities of Oregon has several ways to get involved. Check out some of our volunteer opportunities with refugees and refugee families:

Digital inclusion program for refugees and immigrants offers language skill-building and access to online tools

The Digital Inclusion for Refugees and Immigrants (DIRI) program helps new and recently arrived refugee families by providing them with refurbished desktops or laptops and with a one-year subscription to Rosetta Stone language subscription software.

Catholic Charities' Refugee Services creates COVID-19 Team to increase access to vaccines

Oregon has a diverse and growing refugee and migrant community. Refugees and migrants make up 10% of the Oregon population, and an additional 11% of Oregonians have at least one immigrant parent. Most refugees in Oregon came from the Ukraine, Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq, Bhutan, Russia, Moldova, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Oregon…

Advancing refugee resettlement work through partnerships

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we are happy to partner with Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and our partners in Oregon’s Refugee Resettlement Collaborative to advance advocacy issues for immigrants and refugees in Oregon.  

Refugee Services: Giving justice, dignity, and hope to our newest neighbors

Catholic Charities of Oregon is committed to helping refugees rebuild their lives in their new homes. That commitment stems from a core Catholic teaching that every human being is created in the image of God and is, therefore, entitled to human dignity and respect. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states, “The Catholic…

Father Dan Groody encourages reflection, empathy, and oneness

June is Refugee Awareness Month with World Refugee Week taking place June 14-20, leading to World Refugee Day on June 20. In honor of the courage, strength and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence, we interviewed Father Dan Groody—Holy Cross Priest,…

Salada's Strength

Imagine having to flee your home at a moment’s notice after suffering extreme physical violence, leaving with nothing but the clothes on your back and your surviving family members. Imagine walking for 20 days along environments unknown, often dangerous, searching for shelter, food, water, and safety. Then imagine enduring all of that without knowing how…

Testimony from Catholic Charities’ Director of Refugee Services to the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery

Matthew Westerbeck, the Director of Refugee Services at Catholic Charities of Oregon, provided testimony during a public hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery on March 30, 2021. The topic was Senate Bill (SB) 718, which appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Human Services to award…

Acute need for assistance continues amid Oregon wildfire aftermath

Sandra Perez, Director of Asset & Facilities Management of Caritas Housing at Catholic Charities of Oregon, talks about the resiliency of the wildfire survivors in Medford, Oregon, the challenges they still face, and our agency’s efforts to provide ongoing legal services, financial relief support, and trauma-based counseling to the individuals and families impacted by the…

Refugee Services Spotlight: Looking forward to helping refugee families reunite and rebuild their lives in 2021

Today we congratulate President Biden and welcome him to his first day in office. At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we look forward to what a Biden Administration will mean for our programs—especially our Refugee Services Program.

Política de inmigración durante la transición de la administración presidencial

Manténgase alerta y conozca sus derechos. Protéjase y proteja a su familia con información confiable.