Our response to the violence in Atlanta

Posted by | Executive Director Deacon Rick Birkel, Ph.D.

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.

Of the lives lost, six were members of the Asian American community. The growing anti-Asian sentiment and violence in our country continues to concern and sadden us. At Catholic Charities of Oregon we envision a society in which all people thrive—one where diversity is celebrated and the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life is recognized and protected. The recent events in Atlanta are unacceptable and prove that our work is not done. We all must make anti-racism a cornerstone of our everyday attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, language, and policies in ourselves and each other for a better, safer future.

We stand in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon (APANO) and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and thank both organizations for their leadership during this very troubling time.

Please stand with us and condemn the racism and violence inflicted on the Asian American community. To the entire Asian American community in Atlanta, in Portland, and across the country: we are with you and we support you.


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: