May 8, 2017

How to Help Immigrants in Our Community

It’s hard to read the newspaper or turn on the TV without seeing something about refugees and immigrants in the United States. And, it can be hard to know what to do or what to believe. At Catholic Charities, we believe that immigrants and refugees should be welcomed with love and compassion. Every day, our staff work to provide affordable and ethical legal services to help low-income immigrants earn the right to work.

Immigrants like Efrain, a sixty-three-year-old immigrant who came to Catholic Charities looking for hope. Our staff was able to determine that he was eligible for a green card, and as a result, Efrain is able to now legally work in the United States.

Immigrants like Delores, a single mother with cancer. Delores came to Catholic Charities after leaving an abusive relationship with her children’s father. After discovering she has cancer, our team has been able to help Delores obtain the legal documentation needed to receive in-home hospice care. Without Catholic Charities, Delores would not be able to get the medical care she needs to fight her cancer and continue raising her children.

In these challenging and uncertain times, there are things you can do to help refugees and immigrants like Efrain and Delores in our community:

  • Donate to Catholic Charities so we can continue providing affordable legal immigration services.
  • Contact your local representatives to express concerns about any executive orders or legislation that does not treat refugees and immigrants with compassion.
  • Host or attend a “Know Your Rights” workshop at your parish or community center.
  • Save the San Francisco Rapid Response Network number in your phone in case of an Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Raid. Call 415 200 1548 if you witness or have knowledge of an ICE raid.

Learn more about Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services at CatholicCharitiesSF.org.