The Welcome Home Refugee Resettlement Program began as a coalition of concerned organizations and individuals who work and/or live in Hampshire County, who in partnership with Catholic Charities Agency has brought to fruition the City’s expressed intention to welcome refugees.

In the United States, refugees are resettled via agencies that are authorized and equipped to assist refugees in creating and adjusting to their new lives. Catholic Charities Agency is the responsible reception and placement agency for the 50+ refugees being resettled in Hampshire County.  Contracted to the Department of State, Catholic Charities provides the principal reception and placement services including locating and approving housing situations, helping gain access to benefits, teaching English, Cultural Orientation, and identifying employment opportunities.  In addition to the essential services provided by Catholic Charities, committed volunteers are a critical component in providing sustained support for refugees as they rebuild their lives here. For information about volunteering, please click here.