Virginia Refugee Student Achievement Project

80 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203
703-841-3871; Fax: 703-524-2741

Dr. Patricia Maloof, Program Director
Migration & Refugee Services

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VRSAP aims to assist refugee students in target areas with academic achievement. This program is funded through the Office of Newcomer Services of Virginia’s Department of Social Services. The program is open to any children of a refugee or asylee enrolled in Fairfax County or Falls Church City Schools.

Refugee students not only face challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language, but they also have additional issues with family responsibility and cultural expectations.

Refugee students need an extra support system to ensure their academic success. VRSAP will also assist refugee parents with resources to find a job and become self-sufficient.



Tutors are needed to work individually with refugee children who need help with homework. They meet with the student after school and address academic needs. (Tutors can also be mentors!)


Mentors develop a friendship with the student and student’s family, help the student with social skills, and introduce community resources. (Mentors can also be tutors!)

  • Math and reading workbooks
  • Simple English novels
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Computers and printers

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the abundance of God’s many blessings in our lives. It is also a time to recognize those among us who struggle with poverty and may not have a home to share God’s love.

This Thanksgiving, Catholic Charities asks you to come together with your loved ones to assemble meaningful Care Bags right in your own home. Your Care Bags will be distributed to those in need throughout the Diocese through our “Mobile Response Center Vehicle.” We appreciate your prayers and your support!

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