Rebuilding: Oregon Wildfire Victims Turn to Catholic Charities After Losing Homes, Stability, Livelihoods

Posted by | Catholic Charities of Oregon

(VIDEO) Amid an already stressful year, thousands of Oregonians—many from immigrant communities—suffered trauma and devastation unlike many of us will see in our lifetimes. 

The Oregon wildfires razed entire towns across eight counties in southern and western Oregon, leaving nothing but rubble and ash. We traveled to Medford in September and October to assess the devastation, listen to victims’ stories and needs, and address immediate challenges. Watch our video to see how we’re partnering with parishes, people, and organizations across Oregon to help individuals and families rebuild their lives.


We don’t have all the answers and haven’t solidified our long-term response to this crisis yet. We are still working with local and national partners to grapple with the “What now?” and learning how our agency can best serve this community. But we are committed to developing our response and supporting our fellow Oregonians no matter how long it takes.

Feeling inspired? You can make a difference for our neighbors who have lost everything—GIVE TODAY.


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.