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Today, at Arlington Diocese Refugee and Migration Services, we are more committed than ever before to our mission of "welcoming the stranger" into our community. We seek to serve with compassion and provide a supportive environment in which the dignity of each person is respected and the culture of each celebrated. We always recognize that our clients are resilient and capable individuals with extensive personal life experiences and that we are simply providing the tools by which these individuals will achieve independence in their new lives in America.
The Arlington Diocese Refugee Service Office is one of 104 national affiliates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). Since its founding in 1975, the office has resettled and assisted over 18,000 refugees in the Northern Virginia community. As the largest refugee social service provider in Northern Virginia, we expect to serve over 800 refugee and asylee clients this year alone.
We presently offer services in five sites throughout Northern Virginia. At each of the sites, a comprehensive array of resettlement services are offered so as to help newcomers "get on their feet" and become self-sufficient as soon as possible after arrival. Staff members offer case management services in culturally appropriate languages - presently we have 28 languages on staff. These services are made possible by grants from the Virginia Office of Newcomer Services, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and through the financial support of parishes, groups, and individual donors.
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