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Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health Tips

Posted By | Raeann Boero

It’s Mental Health Awareness month; a time for reconnecting and reprioritizing self-care, healing, and wellness. As you consider what that means for you, here are a few Mental Health Tips to reflect on.

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OPB: Oregon refugee office’s first director talks about goals for new agency

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespi, has been appointed Director of Oregon’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement. Soneoulay-Gillespi shares with OPB about the new office, who it serves, and what this development means for the state of Oregon. Toc Soneoulay-Gillespi came to the United States as a refugee with her family 40 years ago. She went on to…

Catholic Sentinel: Welcome Afghan refugees

Catholic Charities has been resettling refugees in Oregon since the 1980s. Case Manager, Ramin Raheel, came to Oregon when he was only 17 years old from Afghanistan.  When he arrived he was welcomed at the airport by none other than Catholic Charities of Oregon. Ramin has had quite the journey since his resettlement 20 years…

The Afghan Crisis and Response: What is required to make Oregon a truly welcoming place for refugees?  

On Wednesday, February 2, The Oregon Community Foundation hosted a webinar to showcase how philanthropy can support Afghan evacuees in Oregon.  

Statesman Journal: Oregon Legislature approves $18 Million in additional support for Afghan refugee resettlement

The House convened for a special session on Monday and passed a bill that will allocate funding to the resettlement of Afghan refugees.

Welcome Ramin Raheel!

Welcome Ramin Raheel who joined Catholic Charities of Oregon (CCO), September 13, as our Refugee Services Case Manager I!

How to Help Friends and Family who are in Afghanistan

A widespread humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan. Thousands of people who have worked as interpreters, translators, and in other capacities alongside the United States military over the past twenty years, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, find themselves and their families in danger. If you are looking to help family and friends who are…

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.

Refugee Employment Services Program (ESP) gives newly settled Oregonians hope and stability after hardship

Going on its fifth year now, the Refugee Services Employment Services Program (ESP) is a rapid employment program for newly arrived refugees. Rapid employment means that refugees in this program must find a job within six months of their arrival in Oregon. During that time, Catholic Charities covers their bills, including their electric and water…

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…