Who We Are
Tennessee Office for Refugees is a department of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville, designated and funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to administer the state refugee resettlement program.
Through contracted services, technical assistance, and administrative support, the Tennessee Office for Refugees partners with refugee resettlement agencies, clinics, and other agencies that provide direct services to refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, victims of trafficking, Amerasians, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who make Tennessee their home.
We have helped thousands of displaced persons feel at home in Tennessee. As these new arrivals begin to rebuild their lives here in our state, they have the same goals as any other Tennessean: creating a home, enjoying life, and achieving dreams. The circumstances that led them to leave their home country may differ from person to person, but all need a new place to start again.
The main function of refugee services in Tennessee is to promote integration and early self-sufficiency. Learn more about the services we administer.