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Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS)

Nature and Purpose

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) is a division of the Catholic Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. and shares the agency's primary mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. RIS services are provided to clients throughout Eastern Massachusetts without regard to age, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We currently host a diverse population of refugees and immigrants from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.


PULSE students will be able to participate in a diverse range of activities in Refugee and Immigration Services, they may choose from one of the following areas:

Refugee Resettlement
Work closely with the resettlement team assisting with the provision of essential services to refugee clients. Students would be involved with the delivery of pre-arrival/reception services and post-arrival services. Specific tasks could include applications for social services; procurement of essential household items, food, and clothing; administrative follow-up; orientation (culture, community, and transportation) and assistance with medical, financial, housing, and child-care needs.

Community Interpreter Services
Assist Interpreter staff with ongoing client caseload.  Primary focus will be file management and scheduling.  Will also assist with intakes, form completion, follow-up phone calls, and preparation for interpreter services.

ESOL Classroom
Teach basic literacy skills (writing, pronunciation, basic conversation, reading, and letter recognition) to between 4 to 8 low literacy students.  Track attendance and communicate with classroom teacher on progress.  Work collaboratively with classroom teacher to develop comprehensive curriculum for low level learners.

Employment Services
Assist refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers in finding employment by helping to write resumes, fill out job applications, and prepare for job interviews. Contact and build relationships with employers to facilitate their hiring of refugees. Accompany refugees to interviews and job fairs. Document work with refugees in case notes.

Time Requirement

Refugee Resettlement & Refugee Employment Services typically require two four hour shifts per week (students may fulfill their weekly obligation in one shift if the situation warrants).


Volunteer Coordinator and RIS staff will provide informal supervision.  Training will be provided by Volunteer Coordinator though staff may train interns for specific duties.


275 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127