Ihssan at home with his family

Refugee Services

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Refugee Services Program provides resettlement and self-sufficiency services to newly arrived refugees and other immigrants granted special humanitarian legal status. We are the only refugee resettlement agency in the Greater New Orleans area. The refugee services team supports clients with a wide range of resettlement needs from the moment they arrive at the airport and beyond.

Staff welcome refugees to the Greater New Orleans area and provide case management support, continued cultural orientation, employment services, interpretation services, access to English language training, community outreach and mentorship to ensure their self-sufficiency and integration into the community. Refugees represent a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, languages and educational/professional experience. We welcome and support new Americans who are resettled here by the U.S. government from countries all over the world in order to build new lives for themselves in the United States.

DOWNLOAD: Refugee Services Flyer | Servicios Para Refugiados

Catholic Charities also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Classes.


Ihssan Sharbah worked with U.S. Forces in Iraq for years, but when dangerous circumstances in the country forced him to flee to the United States, he was surprised by what awaited him and his family. Watch Ihssan’s story below.


Get Involved

Immigration and Refugee Services host two Volunteer Orientations a month for prospective volunteers. Learn more about upcoming sessions here. Find out about specific volunteer roles here.

Internship opportunities with Refugee Services can be found here.

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