The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Refugees fleeing Ukraine receive food from the International Red Cross and other organizations at the Vysne Nemecke border crossing in Slovakia. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

 

Russia’s aggression on the people of Ukraine has resulted in a Ukranian Refugee Crisis with more than 3.5 million refugees.  Most of these are women and children who have fled to neighboring countries.  Catholic Charities Atlanta is relieved to hear that the United States has decided to extend humanitarian refugee relief for some of these families by making the commitment to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians over the next year.

We have started to receive some Ukrainian families who need assistance. Help us serve by making a gift to Catholic Charities for Ukrainian relief.

Please join us in continuing our prayers for a peaceful solution to this heartbreaking situation.

Vanessa Russell CEO Catholic Charities Atlanta

 

How to Help Ukrainian Refugees

Refugees fleeing Ukraine © Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Catholic Charities Atlanta is beginning to welcome Ukrainian Refugees. At this time, the best way to assist our efforts is through funding our Refugee Resettlement Services Program.

Donate to Refugee Resettlement Services HERE.

Your donation will already be designated for the “Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement Services” and you can add an additional comment further explaining your request.

 

 

 

Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.“Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”

Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. Ukraine’s 18-month designation will go into effect on the publication date of the forthcoming Federal Register notice. The Federal Register notice will provide instructions for applying for TPS and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks.

Ukrainian families in the Atlanta area who meet the eligibility date and want to seek Temporary Protective Status and Employment Authorization can contact Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services at 678-222-3920.

 

Pope Francis’ Appeal for Peace in Ukraine

 

Justice For Immigrants, Ukraine Resource Page

 

Novena for Peace in Ukraine

From PrayMoreNovenas.com

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Ukraine.
Please protect and send aid to those in Ukraine and all who are at-risk.
We pray for peace – we pray for all who are working towards it and for all who are in danger from this conflict.
We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this.
Lord God, please help those in most need of thy mercy.
Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church, pray for us!
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, may your kingdom reign in Ukraine and all the world.
Amen.

 

Resources for U.S. Residents in Ukraine

Should Georgians need assistance on behalf of eligible family members who are U.S. Citizens and/or Lawful Permanent Residents in Ukraine, please contact Senator John Ossoff’s office requesting casework assistance.

 

Our Mission to Welcome Refugees

Nasra Yonis, Refugee Youth Education Coord., at After School Program event.

Catholic Charities Atlanta has been welcoming refugees to the Atlanta area since the 1960’s. The extensive resettlement services we offer are designed to help refugees achieve economic and social self-sufficiency within 6 months of arriving in the United States. This includes greeting families at the airport, finding stable housing and furnishing their apartment, assisting with job placement, enrolling in English language classes, establishing household budgets, enrolling children in school and ensuring families are involved socially and integrating into the community.

 

 

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