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Resettling Refugees Since 1975

Migration and Refugee Services

Migration and Refugee Services is one of 104 national affiliates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since its founding in 1975, MRS has resettled and assisted more than 29,000 refugees and asylees in the Northern Virginia community. All refugees who enter our program have undergone extensive background checks by the U.S. State Department. In addition, 89% of those whom we are currently assisting currently serve came to the United States after assisting the U.S. military abroad.

Our Services

We presently offer services in five sites throughout the Diocese of Arlington: Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas, Annandale, and the city of Fredericksburg. At each of the sites, a comprehensive array of resettlement services are offered so that newcomers can become self-sufficient as soon as possible after arrival. Staff members offer case management services in culturally appropriate languages - At present our staff members speak 18 different languages. We have 18 different languages on staff. These services are made possible by grants from the Virginia Office of Newcomer Services, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and through the financial support of churches, parishes, community foundations and groups, and individual donors.


Resettlement and Placement Services (Only for new arrivals through our agency)

  • Housing during the first 30-120 days after arrival
  • Provision of donated household goods in housing prior to arrival
  • Case management services in culturally appropriate languages 
  • Cultural and community orientation
  • Orientation to public transport and possible receipt of used cars to get to employment sites (when available)
  • Transportation, accompaniment, and interpretation services to apply for benefits, to register for a social security card, to register children in school, to attend initial health appointments and ESOL classes, among others. initial appointments at the Department of Social Services to register for social security card, at schools to register children, at initial health appointments, and at ESOL classes among others
  • Referrals to other services as needed, such as mental health services.
  • Interpretation services as needed
  • A matching program with volunteers who aid in cultural and community orientation, in-home ESOL tutoring, transportation, etc.

 


Employment Services including: 

(Available for any refugee and asylee living in Northern Virginia up to 5 years after arrival or asylum approval)

  • Pre-employment training
  • Resume building
  • Computer and technical career training
  • Support in identifying employment opportunities, applying for employment and preparing for interviews
  • Transportation to, interpretation for, and advocacy for the client during interviews
  • Follow-up with the client throughout the placement process

For more information regarding any of these services, please contact Dilprasad Basnet by email at dilprasad.basnet@ccda.net or you can walk in to any of our offices below to get more information, see if you qualify, and enroll!

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Office Locations:

  • 80 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203 Phone: (703) 841-3893
  • 8247 Shoppers Square Manassas, VA 20110 Phone: (571) 292-2259
  • 100 Riverside Parkway Suite 135, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 Phone: (540) 899-6510
  • In partnership with Alexandria City Workforce Development Center:
    • 1900 N Beauregard St # 300, Alexandria, VA 22311 Phone: (703) 216-5659
  • In partnership with Fairfax County Family Services:
    • 7611 Little River Turnpike #400E, Annandale, VA 22003 Phone (703) 402-2898 

Walk-In Clients

MRS welcomes refugees and asylees living in Northern Virginia up to 5 years after arrival or asylum approval to participate in our Employment Services.

 

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Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women, and men who leave or are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.