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Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri prepares for incoming refugees

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri plan to help refugees from Afghanistan find new homes and make sure the new neighbors have a smooth transition.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is a social service agency that offers various programs for different people. The organization has resettled more than 4,000 refugees since 1975 and plans to settle more.

The Columbia office primarily focuses on immigrants and refugees. Samantha Moog, director of refugee services at Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, said they help immigrants and refugees find employment, housing and more.

"We also do a cultural orientation on American culture and different aspects of American life that people should be aware of," said Moog.

With the current emergency evacuation in Afghanistan, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri are unsure of the exact number of evacuees to expect, but Moog said they are prepared.

"I don't know exactly how many Afghan evacuees we will resettle, but we are prepared to resettle more than 300 refugees from around the world," said Moog.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri ask the community to become heavily involved in any possible way. Anyone interested in assisting with the resettlement can give their information here, and all individuals interested in volunteering can find out more here.

Joushua Blount

Joushua Blount hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has a bachelor’s degree in media communications from the University of Toledo. He also has a master’s degree from the University Of Alabama. Roll Tide!

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