Pima County helps refugees rebuilding lives in Southern Arizonaby Pima County News on Apr. 10, 2013, under Board of Supervisors, Community Services, Employment & Training, Economic Development, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson
Job hunting can be challenging in the best of circumstances, but for those who have fled to America to escape war or persecution, there may also be barriers of language, culture and education to confront.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate $34,000 to help refugees with job training and transportation, through a program run by Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. The donation matches a similar grant from the Click Family Foundation. While the City of Tucson will not provide direct monetary support, it will provide in-kind services in the areas of transit, housing and parks and recreation.
The donation emerged from a community response group that was organized in September 2012 with the participation of Supervisor Richard Elías and other community leaders, including educators, business interests and church representatives.
Applauding the good will of the Click family and recognizing the leadership of Catholic Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Supervisor Elías said he was heartened that the County could do its part to help the growing refugee community. “Our refugees come from all over the world, but most typically from war-torn circumstances where their families have suffered great personal loss,” he said.
To find out more about how you can help Catholic Social Services in its goals to improve the lives of refugees, please visit http://www.ccs-soaz.org/Catholic-Social-Service-Migration-and-Refugee-Services.html.