Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

How Catholic Charities Serves

Published February 19, 2015


  • Multilingual staff helps survivors of domestic violence, abandoned and neglected foreign children, and victims of human trafficking and crimes in immigration cases. They serve over 6,000 clients annually.
  • CCA is one of only a few organizations working with abused, neglected or abandoned immigrant children.
  • They also represent qualified people in Georgia immigration detention centers who cannot afford private counsel.


  • Offered in Spanish and English, these services help families stabilize and move toward greater self-sufficiency. Staff members help families find and utilize local programs, apply for benefits, and receive long-term help after natural disasters.
  • Other services include veterans’ case management, homebuyer education seminars and foreclosure intervention, and in-home parenting education, classes in the English language, civics and citizenship preparation.
  • CCA also offers outpatient mental health counseling services on a sliding fee scale provided by professional therapists at CCA area offices and parish locations.


  • Staff who speak over 17 languages provide services to refugees designated for resettlement in the Atlanta area by the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference through a contract with the U.S. State Department. Refugees are those who cannot return to their countries of origin because of a documented threat due to race, religion, ethnicity or other causes.
  • CCA staff resettled 256 refugees in 2013-2014. Over 90 percent are economically self-sufficient in six months.
  • Programs also help refugee parents navigate their children’s school system, pair refugees short-term with local businesses in internships, and seek community volunteers to befriend refugee families.