Double the Impact of Your Gift through the Refugee Match Challenge

About the Refugee Match Challenge

The urgent situation in Afghanistan has resulted in our agency now anticipating 200 refugee resettlements between now and spring 2022 – which means we will need twice the support to ensure each refugee family has a safe place to live, furniture, food, and living staples waiting for them when they arrive to our community. 


Catholic Charities Jacksonville is thrilled to announce a $75,000 matching gift from The Chartrand Family Fund designed to meet this increased need and support our organization’s efforts to welcome Afghan refugees to Northeast Florida. 


Your contribution to the Refugee Match Challenge will be doubled by the Chartrands through the end of the calendar year. For more information, contact Nicola Barnack at or 904-899-5505, and please consider donating online at

The Ghaznavi Family’s Story

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Your contributions are already helping Catholic Charities Jacksonville provide safety and stability for Afghan refugees like the Ghaznavi family. 


Mr. Ghaznavi, his wife and four children were among the families who traveled from Afghanistan to the United States on one of the packed military planes transporting people fleeing during the withdrawal of our troops in mid-August. A soldier for the Afghanistan military who assisted the U.S. forces, Mr. Ghaznavi and his family were welcomed to Jacksonville by the Catholic Charities team. We checked them into a hotel room temporarily while our staff secured and furnished their new home. 

The Ghaznavis are now becoming more established and discovering the powerful sense of community provided by our generous supporters who have welcomed them with open arms – not just as U.S. allies and refugees, but as new friends and neighbors.

Our Refugee Services Team Prepares for Afghan Arrivals

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Messages for Our New Neighbors

Greetings, I hope you are comfortable in your new home. I pray you will prosper and be in good health.Best wishes!

Julie Patat

A warm welcome to the United States. We wish you peace and safety as you establish your new lives here. We invite your traditions and hope you find new things to enjoy too. Thank you for your bravery in your journey here.

Kate Finn

Greetings and warm welcome to you! We are happy to have your family here in our city. We hope you will enjoy the vibrant arts, music, food, parks, museums, libraries, bookshops, beaches and riverfront activities we have here in Jacksonville as well as many new friends and neighbors to help you get settled here. Welcome!

jennifer chase

Hello, neighbors! We're so happy to have you here in Jacksonville. I can't imagine what you've been through, but please know you are welcome here and can lean on the community for support as you get settled into your new home.

Kristen D.