People & Places: Cooking Up Compassion

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Job Postings

Applicants for certain positions will be required to undergo drug and alcohol screening as well as criminal background checks.

Ministerial Positions: Catholic Charities serves those in need in the name of the Catholic Church. In positions listed as ministerial, the employee speaks for the Church when delivering services. In compliance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Catholic Charities strongly prefers individuals living their Catholic faith. This criteria will be a component in the selection process for ministerial positions.

Non-Ministerial Positions: In compliance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Catholic Charities does not use religious affiliation as a component in the selection process of non-ministerial positions.

TEMPORARY Residential Care Assistant – Overnights

This non-benefited position assists with the overall operations of Madonna House, a residential program for pregnant women and their newborn infants, from midnight to 8am, Sunday night through Friday morning. This is a TEMPORARY position ending on March 31, 2016. Click here to view a full job description.

Catholic Charities’ Flood Relief Information

More than 25 counties in Eastern Oklahoma are experiencing record-setting flooding. Many lives are affected and numerous homes will need costly repairs and personal belongings replaced. Catholic Charities urges you to join us in prayer for these families. We cannot let our brothers and sisters lose hope.

Rest assured, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa will do everything possible to help families address their long-term recovery…and we could use your help. Please consider making a donation to our Disaster Relief Fund. With your support, we can help these families from the start with the least amount of delay. Donate here.

Catholic Charities specializes in long-term recovery and case management. We work closely with community partners to provide the most complete disaster relief services. In the days ahead, there will be helping centers established in different parts of the state where immediate assistance will be available, as well as registration for long-term help.

If your family has been affected by the flooding, our prayers and our concern goes out to you. Please complete this Disaster Relief Request Form and we will be in touch soon.

Let the good times roll at CUC!

Join us for the 11th annual Cooking Up Compassion benefiting those served by Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities leader explains refugee resettlement practices

Group’s leader says refugees come to Tulsa to reunite with family.

The head of eastern Oklahoma’s only refugee resettlement agency said the United States should “hit the pause button” on admitting Syrian refugees until it can ensure the safety of the American people, but after that the country should welcome the refugees.

Deacon Kevin Sartorius, executive director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Tulsa, said that in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, it is the job of the government, including the Oklahoma governor and Tulsa mayor, to keep the citizens safe.

“That’s their job, and they should be allowed to do it,” he said. “But, having said that, if they can establish a safe mechanism to take in people, families and children especially, then we should accept some. Because this is the greatest nation on Earth. We’re made of immigrants. That’s our fabric.

“Establish safety, but once that’s done, we have an obligation to offer charity, to offer Christ’s love to those who are suffering.”

Sartorius met Monday night with about 100 people at McNellie’s downtown to explain the Catholic Charities immigration program. Members of the Muslim community and the interfaith community joined Catholics at that meeting.

Admitting Syrian refugees has become a hot-button topic in the United States since the Paris terrorist attacks.

“Most people do not understand why we do what we do, and where we’re headed from here,” Sartorius said.

In an interview after the meeting, he said that Catholic Charities brings refugees to Tulsa to be reunited with their family members who are already in the community.

“That makes us a family reunification site, as opposed to a free site, which takes individuals who don’t have any family ties in the community.”

He said it is easier to work with clients who have family in Tulsa because a network of support is already in place.

Nationwide, Catholic Charities handled about a quarter of the 65,000 refugees who entered the country last year.

Of those, 278 came to eastern Oklahoma, he said, 95 percent of them Burmese. Twenty refugees came from Russia, fleeing the conflict in Ukraine and Crimea.

“The Burmese typically request to come to Tulsa because they have family here, and the State Department honors that,” Sartorius said.

“It begins for us at the airport, but we maintain that relationship after they arrive,” he said.

Catholic Charities, working with other agencies, helps refugees with housing, employment, health screening, English lessons, school enrollment, banking, car purchases and other needs.

Sartorius said it is possible Tulsa could get some Syrian refugees.

“We don’t choose the population we serve. We don’t get to choose, or reject, Syrians,” he said.

“It’s early on in the process of certifying refugees from that area, and there are not as many Syrians interested in coming to Tulsa because there’s not a large population of Syrians here.”

He said Catholic Charities brought only one Syrian family — three people — to the Tulsa area this year following a 2012 request by a family member, a Syrian man who lives here.

Sartorius said the Catholic Church got into refugee resettlement in the 1970s when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a conglomerate of 180 dioceses, decided to help the Vietnamese boat people displaced by the war in Vietnam.

That resulted in a contract with the U.S. State Department to be a refugee resettlement agency. Oklahoma has only two such agencies, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Tulsa and in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.



Migration and Refugee Services Part-time Case Manager

This part-time non-benefited position provides case management support within Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). Schedule may vary with occasional evenings as needed.  The primary goal of MRS includes assisting refuges in achieving economic self-sufficiency in coordination with publicly-supported service providers and assistance programs through the framework of our values: faith, hope, charity, dignity and solidarity. Click here to view a full job description.