Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for displaced Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily for a two-year period.

Catholic Social Services, under the direction of the USCCB, is currently forming Welcome Circles to help our brother and sisters from Ukraine safely come to the United States. Can you help?

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 astoner@chs-adphila.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”

Temporary Housing

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.

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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.