About Us

Refugee and Immigrant Services is a program of Catholic Charities Indianapolis, an affiliate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC). Staff and volunteers are called to uphold the dignity of all people. Guided by Catholic social teaching, we consider it a privilege to deliver compassionate and caring service to help and empower those in need. We have 40 years of commitment to promoting human dignity by assisting refugees transition to a new community. Our compassionate services empower refugees to achieve self-sufficiency. RIS strives to rebuild the lives of refugees, asylees, and immigrants with three main service areas:

Once individuals and families arrive in the United States, RIS’s multilingual staff and volunteers assist in helping clients become settled in their new home. Safe, affordable housing is set up for them followed by assistance with medical, welfare, and Social Security appointments.

Rapid Employment and Acculturation

RIS provides community and cultural orientation, ESL, GED tutoring, job readiness courses, certification in specific areas of employment and a robust employment placement program. These services are provided to make their transition to their new life in the United States as seamless as possible.

Immigration Legal Services

RIS provides legal advice and representation to immigrants and their families. Our program is designed to guide clients through the immigration process with care and efficiency.

The Catholic Center
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367

Mon - Thurs: 8am - 5:30pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed


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