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S4U Support For Ukraine
The S4U program is a 3-month program providing support and referral services to Ukrainian humanitarian parolees and their families that have already arrived in Philadelphia. The program provides:
- Intake and a full needs assessment
- Referrals for families to Community resources including English language training, healthcare providers, school enrollment and employment readiness programs.
- Enhanced Cultural Orientation to learn about U.S. laws, culture, and your new community.
For assistance with this program please call the Philadelphia U4U Newcomer Hotline to be connected and referred to the closest Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee Program nearest you: 215-608-1966
Become a Welcome Circle
Catholic Social Services is participating in the development of Ukrainian Welcome Circles, a pilot program funded by the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Program to help resettle Ukrainian refugee families. The goal of the program is to create welcome circles for Ukraine families, providing them with the tools, connections, information and financial support they need to settle in the United States.
Afghan Placement and Assistance Program
Through a contract with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Social Services assists Afghan Evacuees with pre arrival and reception services, basic needs support, cultural orientation, language services, finding housing, employment, health care, and case management services.
Catholic Social Services welcomes volunteers and groups that are interested in providing financial, practical and social support to help theses families adjust to their new community and home. For more information, contact Amy Stoner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to donate towards helping this program, checks may be sent to
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Attn: Amy Stoner
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Checks payable to Catholic Social Services
Please note on the check “Afghan Placement and Assistance program restricted”
Volunteers are needed who can:
- Open their homes for a family on a temporary basis until permanent housing can be secured.
- Donate toward the cost of a family’s temporary stay at a motel or hotel.
The Call of the Church to Stand in Solidarity with Newcomers – Immigrants and Refugees
Over my 46 years of priestly ministry, I have spent much time with immigrants and refugees. I have heard their stories, shared their struggles, and helped them to make a better life for their families here in our country, their new home. By and large, these are good, honest, hard-working and faith-filled people, who make up a significant and growing part of the Catholic population in our parishes across the region. The U.S. Catholic Bishops stand in solidarity with those fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands, and remind us of the Gospel call to welcome the newcomers among us. The Bishops acknowledge the legitimate role of government in enforcing our laws, but enforcement alone is not the answer. We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes wise immigration policies that respect due process, protect the human rights of all people, and values the unification and integrity of families. And we should be working with our neighbors across the border to address the root causes of migration that cause people to leave all and come here. I invite you to be in solidarity with these brothers and sisters of ours, to ENCOUNTER AND ACCOMPANY THEM, to meet them as people whose experiences might be different than yours, but whose hopes and aspirations for themselves and their families will be familiar to you – they are the same as what brought most of our immigrant ancestors here in the past. I challenge you to advocate for them in whatever way you can, using the gifts God has given you to Share the Journey with them. – Most Rev. Edward M. Deliman, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Will you stand with us in welcoming them? Contact us here to find out how you can help.