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Our Refugee Services program needs your help!

Posted By | Meghan Blood

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:

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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…

Disaster preparedness tips: Sheltering in place and in shelters

In a disaster you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter in place. In the excitement of an emergency, focusing on what you need to do can be difficult. Here’s how to keep your family safe:

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…

Our response to the violence in Atlanta

Catholic Charities of Oregon is appalled and heartbroken by the horrific violence and loss of life in Atlanta on March 16, 2021. Our prayers and hearts go out to the eight victims, their loved ones, and their grieving families.

Emergency Services for Jackson County

If you live in Jackson County, Oregon, and are facing legal or financial hardships or need emotional support due to the Oregon wildfires, Catholic Charities may be able to help.

RSVP today for our annual Celebration of Hope gala

2020 was an unprecedented year of extreme challenges, but the support of our Catholic Charities network hasn’t wavered. Now more than ever, our brothers and sisters need our help as they begin to rebuild their lives. Join us on Saturday, March 13, 2021, as we gather together virtually to celebrate hope and to spread goodwill…

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.

Transformational Darkness: The Light We Find in Ourselves

“The basic rule of a crisis is that you don’t come out of it the same. If you get through it, you come out better or worse, but never the same” (Francis and Ivereigh, 2020, p.1).[1] As Catholic Charities navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the wildfires, and the economic and housing crises at our…

Remembering Lessons from Loved Ones on All Souls' Day

In the wake of the fear and grief our community and the world have suffered this year, we gathered to reflect on the memories of those we’ve lost and the ways they taught us to live with hearts full of love and hope.
John Herrera

Hope in the Midst of Loss

John Herrera, Catholic Charities’ Director of Immigration Legal Services, talks about hope in the midst of loss after visiting Medford, OR, to offer legal clinics and distribute hygiene items and other essential supplies to the individuals and families devastated by the recent wildfires.

#MondayMotivation: Make all that You do Holy

Senior Development Officer Sarah Granger shares her mindful wisdom to help us remain resilient during these especially stressful times.

Feeding the Community—Body, Mind, and Spirit

Catholic Charities has developed a multi-faceted, person-focused approach to provide food to historically underserved and vulnerable individuals and families in the Portland Metro area.