This past August, Colleen Linn began interning as a case manager at the Catholic Charities resettlement program in Syracuse. Colleen, a web accessibility consultant at Spiders, works with refugees who had to flee their home countries, including Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and now Syria, due to unsafe conditions. The program resettled 601 refugees in 2014.
Resettlement includes assistance with applying to jobs, registering for English language classes, finding translators and housing, and securing medical care. The Catholic Youth Organization partners with the Syracuse City School District to run special programs that prepare refugee children for U.S. schooling. In 2014, over 2,336 children and teens received service at neighborhood centers, schools, and libraries within the city.