For 35 years, CCC has partnered with the community to assist refugees as they integrate into our country. Refugees are forced to flee their countries based on a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, membership in a social group, political opinion or national origin. They come to the U.S. with very few belongings, often unprepared linguistically, culturally, and economically for their new life. There are 14 million refugees around the world today. The Department of State contracts with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and other human services agencies to resettle 80,000 refugees a year. CCC strives to help these newcomers as they transition into our society, while also fostering a community climate of acceptance for persons of different cultures.