This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Governor Cox recently announced that Utah will receive at least 765 Afghan refugees. Aden Batar, himself a refugee from Sudan, is now leading the efforts for Utah’s Catholic Community Services to assist these individuals, and he’s here to talk about what we can do to help.

Since 1945, Catholic Community Services of Utah has been empowering people along the Wasatch Front to reach self-sufficiency. We do so through two departments—Migration and Refugee Services and Basic Needs. Basic Needs operates in both Salt Lake City and Ogden, helping those impacted by homelessness and food insecurity.

Our Migration and Refugee Services department is now preparing to help those from Afghanistan. Governor Cox has announced that the US State Department has approved Utah to receive 765 Afghan refugees.

The resettlement support we have received from the community has been a reminder of our state’s willingness to band together to provide help and create hope for the most vulnerable.

Community support is vital as we prepare. Information on how you can help and get involved can be found at – click on the Afghanistan Response tab.

Catholic Community Services assist with all kinds of needs, from foster care to providing adults and families with the skills and resources needed for a self-sufficient life. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.