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Migrant Services

The Catholic Church recognizes the right of all nations to control their borders and the flow of migrants within. At the same time, the church recognizes the right of individuals to migrate in search of safety and security, which often means leaving one’s country of origin.

Many of the individuals and families we assist have fled war, gang violence, persecution and/or domestic violence. We help migrants in Oregon with refugee, asylee or parolee status to follow the legal pathways to citizenship set up by Congress. Society depends on agencies like Catholic Charities; without vibrant resettlement services like ours, the immigration process would be chaotic for everyone.

We offer:

  • Support in housing
  • Support in employment
  • Education in inculturation to the United States
  • Attentive individual case management to help with all needs of the household.
  • Expert legal assistance

Immigration Legal Services

Founded in 1996, our Immigration Legal Services division works to protect individuals and maintain and reunify families in need.

Refugee Services

Catholic Charities provides refugee resettlement and case management services to individuals and families who seek to make Oregon their new home.

Former refugee now a Catholic Charities intern

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
“Every day is like you are fighting for your life. You are trying to fit in, you are trying to fit in because you started as an outsider, you are a refugee you don’t speak English. I never seem to get over those feelings.” -Cing Sian Nem, 22, a University of Portland student who came…

UPDATE: Ukrainian immigrant progresses on path to language, employment

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
Olena Leschynska, a refugee from Ukraine, spoke last April at Catholic Charities of Oregon’s annual gala.

Catholic social teaching: option for the poor and vulnerable

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The Catholic Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amid the challenges of modern society. Here is number four of the seven principles of the tradition.

Urgent need for temporary housing for refugees

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Appeal goes out to Oregon property owners One of Oregon’s leading refugee resettlement organizations is asking local property owners to consider offering spare rooms, available rental units, and homes for temporary housing. Those with space to offer, please contact our housing coordinator, Jesse Crawford at Jcrawford@ccoregon.org or call 503-805-3563.