November 17, 2021 - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (CCFWSB) Interim CEO Dan Florin, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, and other community leaders discussed Afghan Refugee integration and resettlement today at the University of Saint Francis Historic Women’s Club, located at 402 West Wayne Street.

At this time, Catholic Charities is committed to resettling 75 people, including children and adults.  That number is consistently being assessed based on need and capacity.

“Our Refugee Resettlement program is built upon three pillars,” says Dan Florin.  “Those are Case Management, Health Care, and Employment Services, with a goal of economic self-sufficiency within the first three to six months of arrival.  Everything we do flows from the core belief in the dignity of the human person. We walk alongside those we serve on their unique journey to self-sufficiency, helping them overcome barriers along the way.”

Mayor Tom Henry is committed to ensuring Fort Wayne is a welcoming city for those forced to flee their home countries.

“Fort Wayne is a recognized leader for demonstrating respect, value, diversity, and inclusion as part of being a welcoming city,” says Henry.  “The resettlement process is detailed and organized, and proper vetting protocols have been followed.  I’m looking forward to positive outcomes as we invest in the lives of individuals and families.”