Refugee Resettlement

Coordinates the reception and transitional needs of refugees resettled by the US State Department, including housing, food, and case management services.


Important Information

About Refugee Resettlement

Since the 1970s, Catholic Charities has worked to fulfill Christ’s directive to “welcome the stranger” by helping refugees from around the world resettle in Tulsa. Although each refugee arrives with their own unique heritage, migration story and dreams, the goal is the same for all: attain self-sufficiency as soon as possible and become active, contributing members in their new communities. Catholic Charities provides the initial services and support to refugees on this path to success in their new home.

Regardless of the reason for becoming a refugee--war, political upheaval, well-founded fear of persecution, or natural disasters--all refugees are approved for resettlement as part of the US Refugee Admissions Program.

Services Provided
  • Airport greeting
  • Housing & basic furnishings
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Translations
  • Orientation to new community & US culture
  • Access to other community resources
  • ESL classes
  • Coordination with other agencies for job training and employment
  • Assistance with:
    • Enrolling children in school
    • Applying for Social Security card
    • Arranging and transporting to initial health screenings* and medical appointments
About the US Refugee Admissions Program

The United States has a long, proud history of welcoming refugees. There are more than 65 million refugees in the world today—more than at any other time in history—but only 1% will be given the opportunity to resettle in the United States.

Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma works in partnership with the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) and in accordance with the policies specified and monitored by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, who oversees the US Refugee Admissions Program.

In recent years, Tulsa refugees have included those from Burma (also known as Myanmar), Russia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have volunteer opportunities for individual and groups.

  • Airport Ambassadors: greet arriving refugees at the airport; needed 2-3 times per month for approximately 1 hour; occurs during the day and sometimes evenings, usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
  • Apartment Move-In: help moving furniture and boxes into new refugee apartments; needed 2-3 times per month for approximately 3-4 hours Mondays through Fridays anytime between 9am and 3pm
  • Office Assistant: perform clerical duties; needed 2-3 days each week, days/hours vary

If you would like to volunteer, contact Volunteer Engagement at (918) 508-7125 or

You may also visit our Volunteer Engagement page for more information. Click here.

Wish List (In-Kind Donations)
  • Toothpaste
  • Children’s toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Electric alarm clocks
  • Shower curtains and rings
  • Bathroom and kitchen trashcans
  • Bath and hand towels, wash cloths
  • Bath rugs
  • Toilet brush & plunger sets
  • Dinnerware
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flatware (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Twin size bedding
  • Lamps – table and floor
  • Some furniture (in good condition; prefer items to be on the smaller side, as most refugee apartments are small and upstairs):
    • Kitchen tables & chairs
    • Twin size bed frames, mattresses & box springs (must be in good condition with no stains)
    • Coffee tables
    • Bedside tables
    • End tables

If you have any of these items to donate, call (918) 508-7182 or

Contact Us
Catholic Charities programs are located at our main campus at 2450 North Harvard Avenue unless noted.