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New York State Awards Catholic Charities $1.6 Million Five-Year Grant to Continue Serving Refugees and Asylees

by jtan
Fri, Mar 21st 2014 09:00 am

BUFFALO, NY, March 21, 2014 -- Catholic Charities of Buffalo has been awarded a five-year New York State grant totaling $1.6 million to serve refugees and asylees primarily in Erie County, but across Western New York as well.

The Refugee Social Services Program grant will be implemented by Catholic Charities' Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program and is funded by the New York   State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through its Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance.

Services to immigrants and their families has been a core service for Catholic Charities since the agency was established in 1923. Catholic Charities has received state funding to assist refugees for more than 30 years.

As a subcontractor of the grant awarded to Catholic Charities, the International Institute of Buffalo, a Buffalo agency also dedicated to serving refugees and immigrants, will also offer RSSP services to some of its clients.

The RSSP funds will allow Catholic Charities and the International Institute to assist eligible refugees and asylees with employment services, including employment assistance and case management. Wraparound services such as transportation to job sites, supplying uniforms and job coaching will facilitate job placement. Interpretation and translation also are integral services provided which ensure that refugees are served in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

"Our goal is to help the clients gain and retain employment so they can become self-sufficient," Dennis C. Walczyk, Catholic Charities chief executive officer, said.

Through the most recent RSSP three-year contract, which ends March 31, employment counselors provided 941 clients with pre-employment services; 251 clients became employed and 71 clients achieved self-sufficiency. All outcomes exceeded contract obligations by an average of 120 percent.

In addition to the RSSP, Catholic Charities' Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program resettles about 600 refugees each year and assists about 600 clients each month with immigration and resettlement services, including employment services, and English as a Second Language instruction and civics and citizenship classes.

For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also has received highest ratings for quality of service by the Council of Accreditation.

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