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Refugee resettlement center opens near The Historic Pearl

Since final August, greater than 3,000 refugees resettled within the Alamo City. This drove demand for Catholic Charities to develop their office space.

SAN ANTONIO — Driving up 281 North from downtown, you’ve got seemingly seen the Wittigs signal.

The constructing off Avenue B is taking up new life. It now serves as the brand new Refugee Resettlement Services constructing for Catholic Charities of San Antonio.

As KENS 5 discovered, there’s now a larger demand for these providers in San Antonio.

“We provide so many services to the community. Employment services, ESL classes, food, clothing, anything like that. Everything needs to be centralized in one place and this is where we’re going to be doing it,” mentioned J. Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities of San Antonio.

Friday was move-in day, marking the tip of a pilgrimage.

Inside the 8,000 sq. foot constructing at 2018 Avenue B, simply blocks away from The Historic Pearl, 60 Catholic Charities staff can have a brand new place to service refugees.

“The reality is that immigrants who are coming to San Antonio, refugees who are legal in the country, have increased tremendously over the last two or three years,” mentioned Fernandez.

Since final August, greater than 3,000 refugees resettled within the Alamo City. Most are from Afghanistan.

This drove demand for Catholic Charities to develop their office space to allow them to assist extra folks.

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“People who helped the American Embassy in Kabul. People who helped American forces when they were there in Afghanistan,” Fernandez defined. “We have people from Afghanistan, people from Congo, people from Ukraine and some Cubans who are crossing the border and have political asylum.”

The new Refugee Resettlement Services constructing will assist people who find themselves referred to Catholic Charities by the federal authorities, Fernandez clarified.

Catholic Charities’ Migrant Resource Center off San Pedro serves migrants who crossed the Southern Border. There, persons are supplied short-term assist to journey to different cities.

“This is a place where we are going to be helping people for months because they want to stay in San Antonio,” mentioned Fernandez. “They have chosen to be in San Antonio as their home.”

Bishop Michael Boulette walked the aisles within the new center Friday afternoon, leaving a blessing with each step.

“There is more migration right now in this part of world history than any time since the second World War,” mentioned Boulette. “When we meet these folks on their journey, we encounter their entire person. We encounter their spirit, we encounter their hunger, we encounter their need for mental and physical health needs.”

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The staff frolicked getting settled to allow them to assist refugees discover their new dwelling. They hope the brand new center can function a beacon of hope, dignity and new life for the refugees they serve and the numerous extra who stroll by way of their doorways.

“As Catholic Charities, some people think we only help Catholics. We help everybody, regardless of their faith, the color of their skin,” mentioned Fernandez. “We are blessed to do the work to help a stranger like Jesus was helped when he was a refugee.”

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