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A $1.6 million grant over five years will be administered by Catholic Charities of Buffalo to serve refugees primarily in Erie County, the agency reported.

The Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program, paired with the International Institute of Buffalo, will use the Refugee Social Services Program grant to assist eligible refugees with employment services and case management.

Transportation to job sites, supplying uniforms and job coaching also will be part of the program.

“Our goal is to help the clients gain and retain employment so they can become self-sufficient,” said Dennis C. Walczyk, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities.

The grant is funded by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through its Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance.

Catholic Charities, which has provided services to immigrants and their families since its establishment in 1923, has received state funding to assist refugees for more than 30 years.

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