Catholic Charities receives funds to prepare for Ukrainian refugees

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE — The Richard King Mellon Foundation will award $499,000 to four Pittsburgh social-service agencies to serve up to 274 Ukrainian refugees.

The agencies receiving funding — Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh, Hello Neighbor, Holy Family Institute, and Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh (JFCS) — will use the grants to prepare for the expected arrival of refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.

Catholic Charities and Hello Neighbor will each receive $100,000 in funding, Holy Family Institute will receive $174,000, and JFCS will receive $125,000, according to a press release from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Susan Rauscher, executive director of Catholic Charities in Pittsburgh, said Catholic Charities is “deeply grateful” for the funding. 

Catholic Charities plans to use the funding to assist 50 to 75 refugees, Hello Neighbor plans to assist 100 refugees, JFCS plans to assist 75, and Holy Family Institute plans to assist 24 orphaned or displaced Ukrainian children.

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