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Refugee Resettlement Services

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal, and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Since 1948, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska has worked with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Department of State to welcome and resettle refugee families. CSS offers many of the services involved with helping families integrate into the community, including: 

  • Community & Cultural Orientation

  • Transportation to Medical Appointments

  • English Language & Citizenship Classes

  • Employment Services


  • Square miles served in the Diocese of Lincoln last year

    24,000

  • Cash & in-kind assistance provided across southern Nebraska last year

    $1,800,000

  • Counseling sessions through the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center last year

    5,268

  • Nights of lodging & safety provided through St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes last year

    17,280

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