WORKING WITH VICTIMS OF WAR & PERSECUTION
PROVIDING HELP, CREATING HOPE
After fleeing for their lives, millions of refugees languish in camps around the world. It’s hard to fathom, but many of them will spend their entire lives in those camps. Less than one percent will apply and, after strenuous background checks and interviews, be accepted to start over in a third country. Unlike immigrants, who choose to migrate due to family or economic pressure, refugees have no choice. They are told if, when and where they will resettle. In order to fulfill our mission of providing help and creating hope, CCTXP staff and volunteers work with these victims of war and persecution so they can become contributing members of society. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. State Department, CCTXP resettles refugees in Amarillo.
CCTXP’s dedicated case workers (all of them former refugees) rent and furnish apartments for new arrivals, meet them at the airport, set up health screenings and help clients navigate social service agencies. In addition, our refugee clients must attend English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to instruct them on the language skills they’ll need to further their education and/or get a job. CCTXP refugee department staff provide training on transportation, hygiene, safety and other important issues. Our job developers place refugees in employment and/or training opportunities so they can provide for their families. Refugee resettlement is challenging, rewarding and humbling. We work closely with local schools, churches and individuals to make sure that refugees become self sufficient as soon as possible. If you’d like to join us in this exciting work, consider volunteering or donating to CCTXP. You won’t regret it!