Catholic Charities of Worcester County Awarded $225,000 to Expand Citizenship Program and Support Immigrant Community.

 WORCESTER, MA – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02) together with Catholic Charities of Worcester County Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Cameron, announced a grant of $225,000 from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The grant will help Catholic Charities expand their citizenship program and allow them to further support the immigrant community in Worcester County.

“I’m so thankful to Catholic Charities for their tireless work on behalf of our community. I’ve visited their citizenship programs several times and they are truly an invaluable asset to our community. I know they’ve worked hard to secure this grant and I know they will put it to good use,” said Congressman McGovern.

“With our refugee resettlement budget decimated, and the attack on immigrants at its peak, our staff have found a renewed sense of commitment,” said Jennifer Cameron, Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities. “This grant provides us with the resources to refocus our efforts on one of our core missions: assisting the immigrant community, which we will continue to do no matter the circumstances.”

The grant will be used to assist Lawful Permanent Residents as they work to become American Citizens. One hundred percent of Catholic Charities of Worcester County civics students have passed the citizenship exam. The Charity’s Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives assist eligible Lawful Permanent Residents with completing their citizenship applications while ESL and civics instructors deliver the educational component.