On this July 4 weekend, tens of thousands of refugees given permission to enter our country and share our freedoms are threatened with having critical support services suspended, becoming collateral damage of the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors arriving at our border.
On June 20, the US Office of Refugee Resettlement announced plans to shift $94 million away from services for screened and approved refugees in order to aid unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the US border. Those cuts will take place on July 5, if Congress permits. These cuts will reduce refugee services in job placement and training, English lessons, interpretative services, transportation, and access to health services.
Since 2007, Catholic Charities volunteers Mike and Vicki Hoormann have lovingly welcomed 20 newborns into their home, providing temporary care as they await their permanent adoptive homes. Despite many sleepless nights, Vicki and Mike believe being a boarding care family is their ministerial calling, especially since they can serve together as a couple.
Published in The Catholic Commentator on April 4, 2014
By Richard Meek
As dawn’s first light heralded the arrival of Christmas morning, one needy Baton Rouge family awoke to holiday trappings normally reserved for the more fortunate.
Our Refugee Resettlement team needs your help. Refugees from war-torn countries like Colombia, the Congo, and Myanmar are arriving almost daily. They come with little more than the clothes on their backs, and our warehouse is almost empty.