Meet Our Partners

For refugees to go from knowing no one and having no resources to becoming vital members of the community, a variety of stakeholders must be involved. The Tennessee Office for Refugees recognizes the importance of community involvement in refugee resettlement. We aim to support refugee resettlement by partnering with the community to provide information and resources while facilitating the growth of valuable networks.

Partner Agencies

We partner with four resettlement agencies – one in Memphis, two in Nashville, and one with offices in Knoxville and Chattanooga – to enable us to provide cash and medical assistance to all refugees in Tennessee. Potential clients may contact their local affiliate for assistance in enrolling in one of the programs we offer.

Chattanooga
Bridge Refugee Services
4791/A Hal Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 954-1911
bridgerefugees.org

Knoxville
Bridge Refugee Services
4420 Whittle Springs Road
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 540-1311
bridgerefugees.org

Memphis
World Relief
5340 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 341-0220
worldreliefmemphis.org

Nashville
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.
Refugee Services
2806 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 259-3567
cctenn.org

Nashville International Center for Empowerment
417 Welshwood Drive, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 315-9681
empowernashville.org

In addition to these resettlement agencies, other nonprofit organizations are granted funds through the Tennessee Office for Refugees to serve refugees in other ways:

Siloam Health, Cherokee Health Systems, and Christ Community Health Services provide medical screenings, vaccinations, and referral services to all newly arrived refugees.

Tennessee Language Center’s ESL to Go program provides English Language classes to many area refugees. 

Our Board Committee

The Tennessee Office for Refugees board committee is comprised of key stakeholders and representatives from communities across the state, as well as several members of the Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. Board of Trustees.

Clark Baker
Consultant for YMCA of Middle Tennessee; Member, Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board of Directors

Jeanne Marie Evans
Bass, Berry and Sims PLLC; Member, Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board of Directors

Bill Farmer
Founding Partner, Farmer Purcell, White & Lassiter PLLC; Member, Rochelle Center Advisory Board; Chairman, Metropolitan Nashville Civil Service Commission

Fr. Mark Hunt
Chaplain, Mary, Queen of Angels and Mercy Convent; Member, Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board of Directors

Community Input

Once each quarter the Tennessee Office for Refugees leads a community consultation in a different resettlement community, allowing us to visit each region once a year and directly receive feedback and answer questions from community members such as local council members, educators, and law enforcement. In these meetings we discuss refugee arrivals, community capacity, promising practices, and more. These meetings are open to the public.

Tennessee Refugee Advisory Collaborative

The Tennessee Office for Refugees facilitates regular conference calls, webinars, lunch and learns, and an annual statewide training event as a part of the Tennessee Refugee Advisory Collaborative (TRAC). These events are intended to discuss and share ideas relating to statewide policy and procedures, best practices, partnerships, and issues facing Tennessee’s refugee populations. The collaborative includes all funded partner agencies. Many TRAC events are open to practitioners, service providers, and community members interested in learning or sharing about the selected topics.