Refugee Services in Houston
Violence disrupts lives around the world, often forcing people to leave everything behind and restart in a new country as refugees. Most refugees spend years displaced in camps before getting the chance to resettle in another country like the United States. We partner with like-minded organizations in Houston to promote peace by helping refugee families resettle in Houston.
English Classes for Refugees
Language skills are an integral part of the assimilation process for refugees who are resettled in the United States. Since 2012 Urban Catalyst has provided low cost English classes for refugees in Houston through Prestige Learning Institute.
Refugee Employment Advocacy
Another important need for refugees arriving in the United States is employment. Refugees are expected to be self-sufficient within six months of arriving in the US. Refugees often arrive with limited language skills and little understanding of our culture and social norms. Urban Catalyst seeks to be an advocate for refugees seeking employment, helping them find opportunities and navigate unfamiliar systems.
Cultural Awareness Training
Breaking the cycle of fear and violence starts with education. At Urban Catalyst we promote peace and reconciliation by teaching cultural awareness classes and seminars. Our desire is to help people better understand one another focusing on the similarities and differences of our cultural perspectives.
Humanitarian relief for families victimized by violence in Syria and Iraq
Civil War and the rise of ISIS have displaced and victimized millions of men, women, and children across Syria and Iraq. Together with partner organizations we provide food, vital supplies, and dignity to refugee families who have left everything behind and made the harrowing Journey to safety in Jordan. Our humanitarian relief teams provide direct assistance to refugee families on the ground in Jordan, offering an olive branch of peace and providing hope in the midst of Crisis. We help to restore dignity to those who have lost everything, visiting them in their homes, letting them know they are not forgotten.