Rochester Has Helped Over 15,000 Refugees Since 1972
Around the world today, there are over 80 million people who are displaced from their homes, 26 million of those with refugee status. They have been forced to flee from their native country due to violence, conflict, and persecution, leaving many displaced or in exile.
Refugees who have fled their homes usually have no hope for a peaceful return to their homeland. Many refugees have no choice but to remain for years - and sometimes decades - in refugee camps, living precarious and despondent lives.
Catholic Charities is proud to play a part in helping refugees pursue their dreams. Our Refugee Resettlement programs offer a broad set of services that help refugees make the most of the fresh opportunities available to them in the Rochester community who for more than 100 years have welcomed them with open arms.
Now more than ever, it is time for our community to collectively work together to create a welcoming and inviting new home, providing a helping hand so that refugees, too, can find peace.