Statement regarding refugee


Nov. 16, 2015

Catholic Charities of Jackson does not have an arrangement at this time to accept refugees from Syria or surrounding countries. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) works with the United Nations to identify communities which can support refugee families. These families are vetted before they leave their refugee camps and are supported by refugee resettlement programs in the communities where they are sent. Catholic Charities in Jackson has for more than 25 years run a program which has accepted unaccompanied refugee minors (URM), however, Catholic Charities has not been asked to accept any from Syria or the surrounding nations. At this time, Jackson is not considered a site for resettlement.

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The mission of Catholic Charities, Inc. is to be a visible sign of Christ’s love and concern for all people.  We are called to minister compassionately to all, whether Catholic or not. In fact, over 65% of the people we serve are of other faiths. Our focus is to provide quality direct services, education, and advocacy.   Services are offered regardless of faith, race, gender, or age.  Catholic Charities, Inc. is funded by federal, state, and local agencies, together with donations from the Catholic Diocese of Jackson’s Annual Service Appeal, individual donations, and private foundations.  With offices in Jackson, Natchez, and Vardaman and outreach workers throughout the Jackson Diocese, we are able to serve many Mississippians.  As all of us work together, we 
provide help and create hope…for all God’s children.

The mission of Catholic Charities is to be a visible sign of Christ's love.

Our goals are: the defense of life, to strengthen families, to empower people and to build communities.

"The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." -- Matthew 25