Refugee Services


A pathway to self-reliance and a sense of belonging, for every refugee.

Statement of Purpose

To facilitate an effective and memorable transition experience for refugees through an integrated provision of services: Resettlement, Employment, Acculturation, Case Management, Health.



San Diego Newcomer Project (SDNP)

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Support Services (RSS)

SDNP is a program that administers the Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program for the San Diego County.  This program is for single adults, couples without children or families who do not meet the requirements of the CalWORKs program.  Beginning from the date of eligibility, eligible individuals may receive up to 12 months of RCA to help meet their most basic needs.  RCA is linked to Refugee Support Services (RSS) that provides families with self-sufficiency planning and employment assistance to help clients assess their needs, plan on how to meet these needs, and immediately find and maintain employment.  The agency’s program includes employability services, job training and preparation, assistance with job search, placement, and retention, English language training, childcare, transportation, translation and interpreter services, and case management.

These benefits and services are available to eligible persons from the following groups:

  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Cuban and Haitian entrants
  • Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders
  • Amerasians
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • Certain Afghan Humanitarian Parolees
  • Certain Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

If you are a family with children under 18 years of age and among the eligible populations above, please visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, CalWORKs program.  If you are single or a couple with no minor children, and therefore ineligible for CalWORKs,  please apply in person at Catholic Charities  4575-A Mission Gorge Place, San Diego CA 92120. For more information, please contact us by phone at (619) 287-9454 Ext 2100.

Reception & Placement (R&p)

R&P welcomes new refugee families and provides them with one-time financial assistance to settle in the US. The R&P period is 90 days. Services include housing placement, enrolling children in school, and obtaining a Social Security Card.


HS/PRS provides home studies for Unaccompanied Children (UAC) and the families awaiting reunification to ensure reunification is a safe placement for the UACs. Post-release services are also provided to support families and the UACs once the youth are released to their sponsor.

MIGRANT Respite shelter (mrs)

The Migrant Respite Shelter Program provides asylum-seekers with a warm welcome, temporary
shelter, basic needs, and assistance with reaching their final destination to reunite with their family as they await the next steps of their asylum


How to Contact

Refugee Services

4575-A Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, CA 92120
619 287-9454

How to support us

We accept donations of home furnishings, hygiene products, and back-to-school items.

Contact us at 619-287-9454

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