Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Clothing Bank Ministry:  A team of volunteers opens the Clothing Bank each week to distribute clothing to refugees and local residents from the neighborhood. We meet shoppers with a variety of needs, and welcome the opportunity to show love and care to people from Cleveland and around the world.

There are volunteer opportunities for men and women to provide a warm welcome to shoppers, assist them during their shopping experience, and sort and restock clothing. Volunteer hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:45-1:00. Volunteers are welcome to come once a week, once a month, or whatever your time allows. For more information, please contact Joan Laux, Clothing Bank Coordinator, at (216) 431-7200.

Refugee Mentor: The opportunity to mentor a refugee can be life-changing. Chances are, you will gain lifelong friends, and will receive so much more than you give. To a refugee arriving in Cleveland, having a mentor is extremely valuable, and provides a warm welcome, friendship, and support during a time of many unknowns. 

Mentors play a huge role in helping refugees acclimate to their new life in America. By sharing friendship and time together, mentors provide stability and encouragement. Activities can include practicing English, answering simple questions, teaching American norms and etiquette, and assisting with banking, shopping, and using American appliances. Just being there with a refugee during this time in their life means so much. Social encounters are always enjoyed-a simple visit, tour of the neighborhood, or trip downtown can be extremely meaningful to a refugee new to this area.

Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) resettles refugees once they arrive in Cleveland by following a very detailed resettlement program, especially during the first months after arrival.  Caseworkers and mentors play vital roles in providing much-needed programs and services.  

Joseph House volunteers can join a team from MRS, or work in collaboration with their efforts. If you have a specific talent or skill, we would love to talk to you about how to get involved, and find the place where your greatest strengths meet refugees' greatest needs. MRS will provide all the training and support you need. VIRTUS training is required, and can easily be obtained from MRS or a local Parish. For more information, contact Michelle O'Donnell at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..