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Help Support Newcomers

Catholic Charities is welcoming newly arrived Afghan families. We have received an overwhelming response from those who want to help. Refugees most urgent need is for permanent housing. Scroll below to how you can assist with this or other needs. Newcomer Services also needs volunteer English teachers, citizenship and workforce training teachers, mentors, office assistants, pro bono attorneys, legal office assistants, and interpreters. Training provided. No foreign language necessary. Contact For parish opportunities contact us at or

Help Refugees

There are several ways parishes, parishioners and members of the community can help us assist Afghan refugees with Special Immigrant Visas.

  1. Pray. Please join Bishop Burbidge at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Sept. 23 at 12:05 p.m. as he celebrates Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

  2. Provide permanent housing.

  3. Provide pro-bono professional counseling, health or legal services. Email:

  4. Participate in National Migration Week, including a Sept. 23 Mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Burbidge.
  5. Plan now to give or volunteer soon 
  6. Become a Catholic Charities volunteer –Check out our volunteer page here and select “migrant and refugee services” in the ministry drop down menu.

  7. Learn about why and how the Church welcomes the newcomer through your parish, school or prayer group.
    • See USCCB resources about the Gospel mandate to Welcome the Stranger here.

See the flyer here

Quick Immigration Definitions

This page offers some helpful definitions regarding immigration terms. If you’d like to learn more about U.S. Immigration Law and Policy, join us for our virtual Immigration 101 Session on Monday, September 20th – More information HERE.

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Volunteer with Hogar

Volunteers play a critical role at Hogar. We have more than 800 active volunteers across our program, and we could not serve thousands of immigrants each year were it not for the generosity and dedication of our volunteers.

Click through our different types of volunteer opportunities below to find out more details about where and when we need volunteers. 

Volunteer Opportunities​


Contact us at or (571) 208-1572


World Day of Migrants and Refugees


Targeted by the Ethiopian government, he now helps refugees like himself #39

Sep 25, 2019

Belayneh Loppisso helped uncover government corruption in his home country of Ethiopia. When the government threatened his safety, he had to forge a new life for himself and his family in the U.S. Fifteen years later, Loppisso is the program director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s Migration and Refugee Services. Now, every day he helps refugees and asylees to adjust to a new life in this country – and hears stories of struggle sometimes even more difficult or harrowing than his own. Listen to his story on Searching for More podcast.

Read Bishop Burbidge's statement on World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Report Your Volunteer Hours

Please enter your hours on a weekly basis. You may include training and travel time in addition to actual volunteer time. All of Hogar’s grants require us to collect information on how many hours are donated by volunteers, so please enter your hours in a timely manner to help us in our grant reporting, fundraising efforts and other fiscal matters. Thank you!

How to report volunteer hours:

Click here to be redirected to the CCDA volunteer website

  1. Click “Login/Register” in the top right-hand corner

    • Username and password are the ones you set up when you created an account to fill out the volunteer application. 

    • We recommend using your email address as your username; if you've forgotten your username, try that first

    • Staff cannot retrieve your password for your- please use the "Forgot your password?" tool​

  2. Click “Report my Service” in the Volunteer Main Menu

  3. Enter your hours

    If you perform more than one volunteer placement with Hogar, you will need to choose the corresponding placement from the “Select a Survey” drop down list.

    The only required field in “Hours”.  Please enter a date as well.  Don’t forget to click “Ok” when you’re done.

​If you have questions or problems, email us at or call us at (571) 208-1572


For Employers:

If you are an employer, we can design language training for your employees relevant to your workplace. Your customized curriculum could include:

· Contextualized English instruction (i.e. customer service, hospitality)

· Industry-specific vocabulary and concepts (i.e. construction, retail)

· Employer-specific vocabulary and concepts based on your business and expectations

· Relevant workplace training (i.e. soft skills)

· Additional industry-specific training and certifications

For more information or to schedule a free meeting to discuss what your employee training needs are and possible curricula we could create, please contact