Afghan refugees to arrive in Fort Wayne

Afghan refugees

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Interim CEO Dan Florin and community leaders discussed Afghan refugee integration and resettlement today at the USF Historic Women’s Club.

Catholic Charities, City of Fort Wayne, Camp Atterbury Address Arrival of Afghan Refugees

Fort Wayne, Indiana (November 17, 2021) – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (CCFWSB) Interim CEO Dan Florin, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, and other community leaders discussed Afghan Refugee integration and resettlement today at the University of Saint Francis Historic Women’s Club, located at 402 West Wayne Street.

At this time, Catholic Charities is committed to resettling 75 people, including children and adults. That number is consistently being assessed based on need and capacity.

“Our Refugee Resettlement program is built upon three pillars,” says Dan Florin. “Those are Case Management, Health Care, and Employment Services, with a goal of economic self-sufficiency within the first three to six months of arrival. Everything we do flows from the core belief in the dignity of the human person. We walk alongside those we serve on their unique journey to self-sufficiency, helping them overcome barriers along the way.”

Mayor Tom Henry is committed to ensuring Fort Wayne is a welcoming city for those forced to flee their home countries.

“Fort Wayne is a recognized leader for demonstrating respect, value, diversity, and inclusion as part of being a welcoming city,” says Henry. “The resettlement process is detailed and organized, and proper vetting protocols have been followed. I’m looking forward to positive outcomes as we invest in the lives of individuals and families.”


About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Catholic Charities is a private 501 (c) 3 incorporated in the state of Indiana to act as the coordinating and administrative agency for the charitable activities assigned to it by the Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; to plan for, initiate, direct, support and coordinate Catholic social-services programs for the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical welfare of persons in need; to seek and determine the causes of social problems in order to better promote preventative social-action programs; to participate in community planning and organization, and work cooperatively with other individuals and groups in the field of social work. The service area for Catholic Charities includes the 14 counties of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, encompassing 2,236 square miles, with a population of 1,247,850. Currently, Catholic Charities has offices in Fort Wayne (Allen County), Auburn (DeKalb County), and South Bend (St. Joseph County), Indiana. In Fiscal Year 2020-2021, CCFWSB served almost 16,000 individuals at a fiscally responsible rate of 87 cents of every dollar dedicated to client services. The agency’s vision is to create Generation Zero: the first generation of children free from poverty. To learn more, visit

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