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Catholic Charities helps refugees
John Michael Ford says Catholic Charities of Tennessee plays a key role in helping refugees arrive in America and become productive citizens.
Think of yourself as a weary, traumatized and scared refugee coming off a flight at Nashville International Airport. The language is incomprehensible, as are the terminal’s directional signs and the instructions on the baggage claim floor.Perhaps this young family has just escaped the daily shellings, barrel bombs and poison gas attacks from the murderous regime in Syria. Or maybe they barely slipped out of the jaws of famine and civil war in South Sudan.In any case, Catholic Charities of Tennessee has a case worker ready at the jetway to escort new arrivals to homes prepared for them, with rent paid for a time by the humanitarian agency and with furniture supplied by private donors.