A family of 8 arrived (father, mother and six children) in the United States. The family was originally from Sudan, but they spent the last five years in Egypt. They came to the US because they wanted a better life for their family. Although their journey was long it was worth it.
Our Refugee Resettlement volunteer team was able to furnish the apartment with furniture donated by people in the community. Someone they already knew living here helped the family obtain a phone. Eager to learn, four of the adults enrolled in Catholic Charities ESOL classes within 15 days of their arrival. Also, Catholic Charities Match Grant Job Developer found employment for the two adult children with a construction company. The other children were enrolled in school where they are thriving. Both parents are ready to start working and are on the path to becoming self-sufficient.
For more than 32 years, Catholic Charities Jacksonville has partnered with the federal government as well as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to welcome people fleeing violence and/or persecution. We have seen thousands of lives transformed.
If you are interested in helping someone who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster, please consider supporting our Refugee Program by donating today.