Comment relative to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine
Since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, 2022, nearly one-third of Ukrainians have been forced from their homes, representing the largest displacement crisis in the world. Today, 11 million Ukrainians have been registered as refugees and are living in countries around the world that have offered them shelter as the war continues with little indication of its resolution.
Many refugees have been coming to the U.S. through the Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) program. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in U4U must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States. More information from USCIS can be found here.
Since the beginning of the program in April 2022, over 150,000 U4U applications have been filed by persons across the United States. Rochester has one of the largest Ukrainian communities in NY and is the 16th largest American metro area participating in the U4U program with over 1,500 applications filed from our region. Rochester residents, faith-based communities and other organizations are playing a significant role in sponsoring Ukrainian refugees and then helping them resettle once they arrive. Since April, Catholic Charities Family and Community Services has helped over 200 Ukrainian families and expects to help resettle hundreds more in the coming months. Family and Community Services is now offering assistance in the following ways:
Our Refugee Resettlement Program is offering assistance with basic needs support, public benefits applications, transitional supports, and referral to other providers for health, education, and other needs.
Our Refugee Employment Program is offering assistance in employment preparation, job counseling, job search and placement.
Our Immigration Program is offering legal immigration assistance and referral for Ukrainians seeking Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Employment Authorization, Asylum, and Family Reunification through the Lautenberg Refugee Program.
For questions or assistance in any of the above areas or for general Ukrainian immigration questions, please contact Natasha Moshkovskiy at Natasha.Moshkovskiy@fcscharities.org.
With the growing number of Ukrainians arriving to our area, we need the help of the community now more than ever. CCFCS is now accepting donations to directly help Ukrainian families coming to Rochester.