The Catholic Family Center recently received nearly $2.4 million in grants to support immigrants seeking naturalization and citizenship, as well as refugees seeking employment skills.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded $225,000 over three years to fund a Rochester citizenship education and training project. This project is a partnership between CFC and local adult education centers to promote citizenship and enhance naturalization capacity.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an office within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded $250,000 over two years to CFC for the development and operation of a Career Pathways program for refugees in Monroe County. This project will enable refugees to secure professional or skilled employment that will provide the means for their long-term self-sufficiency and prosperity in their new community.
CFC will operate this program in concert with other workforce development and anti-poverty initiatives in Monroe County, including Rochester City School District and RochesterWorks!
Samuel Roberts, commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, presented the NYS Refugee Social Services program award to CFC, which amounts to $1,814,635 over five years. CFC currently provides these services in Monroe County, but must participate in an application process each cycle to maintain program funding. This award will enable CFC to continue providing employment services and training to refugees and immigrants in the community.
“We are extremely gratified by the confidence our funders have in our agency’s programs and services that support the stability and education of immigrants in our community,” said Jim Morris, vice president of family services. “These awards recognize our wide and deep capacity for refugee and employment work in the Rochester community. We will continue to improve these, in collaboration with our partners, to create difference-making opportunities for those who hope for more for themselves and their families.”