Refugee Resettlement Office

Assists refugees, asylees, Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan (SIVs) Cuban parolees and victims of trafficking

Refugee Resettlement in Arkansas

Donate Now to Help Afghan Refugees

Click on the link above to donate online to help provide housing, clothing, health care, school supplies and food to Afghan refugees resettling in Arkansas. Select "Refugee Resettlement" in the drop down menu. You can make a one-time gift or a weekly, bimonthly or monthly donation. For more information, call Larry Taylor, at Catholic Charities of Arkansas, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 352. To learn more about the resettlement process, see How Afghan Refugees Get to Arkansas.

The Refugee Resettlement Office, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Arkansas, provides services and assistance to refugees, asylees, Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan (SIVs) Cuban parolees and victims of trafficking. This diocesan office works closely with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. If you would like to help support this effort, donate to Catholic Charities of Arkansas. (Select "Refugee Resettlement" in the drop down menu.)  For more information, Contact Us.

How Afghan Refugees Get to Arkansas

The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Office works with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services, which mission states, in part: “Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, MRS fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person.” Once Afghans arrive at a base in the United States and after going through a thorough vetting process, MRS will assign a case to its different member agencies throughout the country. Based on the capacity of the agency, they will say yes or no to accepting the case. If Catholic Charities of Arkansas (CCA) or any agency says yes to a case, they are committing to following multiple requirements by the U.S. State Department. Some examples of the list of requirements include everything from making sure they have a ride from the airport to helping them get a social security number and medical screening. Resettlement takes about six weeks to three months to complete, and CCA is there when needed even after that process is complete. 

Our Services

  • Facilitates the reunification of refugees and their families living in the United States. See Vetting Process.
  • Provides post-arrival services, such as permanent resident applications, job placement assistance, and assistance with English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Advocates for refugees